Wednesday, 30 December 2015

'Tender and touching, heartfelt and healing,' was the response by HRH Princess Michael of Kent, as she judged more than 120 entries to the first ever Peace Hospice Care Poetry Competition.

The competition,  launched by the Hospice earlier this year, asked entrants to submit their work on the theme of 'Love & Loss'.

Poetry from all corners of the UK  poured in and and five winners were selected by our Royal patron Princess Michael of Kent. One of the winners was local entrant Margaret Vaughan from Watford.

'I have been delighted to read the entries for the Peace Hospice Care poetry competition, ' said HRH Princess Michael of Kent. 'Every one of the poems submitted contains so much emotion and depth and truly reflects the stirring theme of 'Love and Loss'.

 'I hope these heartfelt and healing poems bring comfort to both the writer and the reader when they are published in the proposed Peace Hospice Care poetry anthology. It was a difficult process trying to select the five 'best' poems, but I have made my decision and wish to pass on my sincere congratulations to those selected.

'I would also like to thank everyone who took part in the competition.  I look forward to seeing the anthology and hope it supports the Hospice and those who need comfort at a raw time in their lives. Love and Loss is a huge subject that touches all of us.'

The winning poems and others selected from the competition entrants are  included in a Peace Hospice Care Poetry anthology available online. 

The winners have all been presented with a personalised certificate signed by HRH Princess Michael of Kent and a Peace Hospice Care diary and calendar. Their poems are the first five entries in the online anthology.

Delighted winner Opefoluwa Sarah Adegbite said, 'Thank you so much for selecting me as one of the five best poems. I really appreciate it and achieving something like this in a poetry competition gives me some confidence to keep on writing.'

Peace Hospice Care Chief Executive, Declan Carroll said, 'We thank all the entrants for submitting their work to the competition.  We have had entries from all ages, and all corners of the UK.  Our Peace Hospice Care poetry anthology is available online and can be enjoyed and shared. '

The winning entrants are:

Missing by Margaret Vaughan

Hook in the Wall by Rosamund Browne

It Comes When You Least Expect It by Opefoluwa Sarah Adegbite

Sudden Death by Diane Jackman

Tell Me by Jaqueline Anne Ginns