The winning entries of the 2016 “Three Score and Ten” poetry competition were announced at a function at The St James Retirement Hotel last week. Mowbray resident Ekin Kemp’s poem entitled “Amoeba” was the overall winner of 130 entries submitted.
Finuala Dowling who has judged the competition from its’ inception has described the standard of entries as even higher in 2016 than in preceding years and the top ten as well as the five highly commended poets can feel justifiably proud of themselves. There were, of course, excellent poems about mortality and ageing, but also funny and whimsical poems, poems that were loose and free as well as those that used form exquisitely, love poems and nature poems. Some were stunningly universal in their personal reflections, for example Ekin Kench’s winning poem, ‘Amoeba’.”
Those present commented favourably on the range of themes and styles they had heard during the readings. If only youth knew and age could goes the old French saying, but in the case of poetry by people over seventy, knowledge and ability come together with grace.
The winning entries for 2016 as well as those from previous years can be viewed on under the ‘Poetry” in the top navigation.
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