Another great year for the Grey Hen Poetry competition. More entries than ever, and the judges had a hard time making their selections, to the extent that it’s a longer shortlist than usual. Congratulations to the winners and shortlisted poets, and thanks to all the entrants for demonstrating the depth and range of talent out there amongst older women.

Joy Howard

First Prize

Hailstorm on Iona

Anne Boileau (read poem)


Second Prize

The Beginning of June

Jane Monach (read poem)


Third Prize

The Wake

Denise Bennett (read poem)


Short List (in alphabetical order)

Elizabeth Birchall – Babushka

Janis Clark – The Scattering

Elizabeth Cox – My Songline

Kerry Darbishire – Spirit of Autumn

Hilary Hares – Sculptural Figures Looking Out to Sea

Judyth Knight – Interior Design

Judyth Knight – Who?

Jennie Osborne – Reconstructing a Brother

Eveline Pye – Anna Pavlova

Eveline Pye – Sweet Peas

Mary Rothwell – Brooke Perdu

Sheila Spence – Apricot

View the Judges’ Report