Monday, 11 May 2009

Poetic People (9): Doreen Hinchliffe

Doreen Hinchliffe (left)
2008 Winner of the General Section of the Petra Kenney Poetry Competition, Friday 8 May 2009
Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London
Photo: David Gill 2009

We attended the final Awards Day for the Petra Kenney Poetry Competition last Friday 8 May. It was good to renew acquaintance with Doreen (winner of the 2007 Comic Poem category), and to congratulate her on her winning poem, 'Eternal Triangle'. I see from the web that Doreen had already come 1st and 3rd in the 2008 Grace Dieu Poetry Competition.

Molly Yeomans, who has organised the Canadian side of the competition, paid tribute to Morgan Kenney in a wonderful speech. It was a marvellous occasion, with poems written in Morgan's honour by Alison Chisholm, Alan Brownjohn, Ian Blake, John Whitworth and Leah Fritz.

Dannie Abse read from his brand new collection, New Selected Poems 1949-2009 (Hutchinson, published 7 May 2009). I enjoyed meeting up with Martin Holroyd (editor of Poetry Monthly) and Geoff Stevens (editor of Purple Patch) again.

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