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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

Saying it in verse – competition winners!

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

Out of the sack loads of entries, the Embracing Age Poetry Competition judges have made their final decisions. What a vibrant array of poems made it to the shortlist of the ‘Hope in ageing’ competition. The winning one was the work of Jeremy Winter, ‘Raspberries in October.’

Jeremy, we’re told, has been writing poetry for just over ten years, which he finds is a very helpful way to express his thoughts and feelings about significant life events.

The title of the poem, ‘Raspberries in October’, came to him after being surprised to find some very late ripening raspberries in the garden. This made him reflect on how older people still have much to offer.

Do visit the website to read all the winning poems, each one so different and brimming with hope in every case, as well as the judges’ specific comments on each one.

Also highly commended were poems by Matt Pattison, Julie Jordan and Michael Jackson. The latter’s poem, ‘The churchyard bench’ was singled out for particular praise by broadcaster Pam Rhodes.

‘This beautiful, perceptive poem rang warm chords of memory and recognition in me.’
The bench at St John’s Church, Kirdford, Billingshurst, which inspired the poem.




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