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Poetry competition


new anthology news

An exciting announcement indeed for all poets with a connection to Reading town! Esteemed local publisher, Two Rivers Press have launched an open window for entrants to send their best work for consideration to be included in a brand new anthology, forthcoming in 2024.

Following the success of Two Rivers’ first Anthology, this collection aims to showcase newcomers and experienced poets alike in a beautifully produced book which reflects Reading’s burgeoning poetry and arts scene.

Those selected to be included in the collection will receive a complimentary copy and a discount on further issues.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your poetry published! We would love to read your work.

Please note: Poems can be written on any theme and in any style. Do please familiarise yourself with the Ts and Cs before sending your submission.

Featured image courtesy of Sally Castle.


and the winners are…

It was a great privilege to attend a special ceremony at the Civic Offices recently where winners of the Mayor’s poetry competition were presented with their prizes.

The competition, which ran in December last year, invited young poets to celebrate the River Loddon through the creation of poetry, encouraging them to treasure their local environment.

The winners display their certificates with pride

The judging panel, myself included, had a tough job choosing winners given the high number of entries and quality of the poems. After much deliberation, we chose our winners, who were each presented with an iPad Air, and runners up receiving a £100 book token.  

Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Onnalee Cubitt said: “We were blown away by the poems, particularly the emotion they conveyed, the interpretation of the themes and the range of styles that were submitted.”

You can read the winning poems on the Mayor’s webpage by clicking here.

Featured image L-R: Judges English teacher Jean Elliot, Mayor Cllr Onnalee Cubitt, publicist Atlanta de Jersey-Lowney and poet Vic Pickup (fellow judges English teacher Chris Fielding-Smith and bestselling author Lucy Jones not present).