National Poetry Competition Winner

Out of 13,041 entires, Patricia McCarthy’s ‘Clothes that escaped the Great War’ is the Winner of the National Poetry Competition.

Judges Vicki Feaver, W N Herbert and Nick Laird were initially struck by the surprising title of McCarthy’s work, but were soon captivated by this atmospheric poem based on a story her own mother told her – a memory of something she had witnessed as a small girl in Yorkshire, during the First World War.

Patricia McCarthy becomes the 36th person to win the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition since it began in 1978. The competition has been an important milestone in the careers of many of today’s leading poets and  recognises an individual poem, previously unpublished, in an anonymised judging process. The judges only discover the identity of the winners after making their final decision. Take a look at

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