Competition Poems now featured on Sue Boyle Poetry

Fourteen of the successful poems in the Bath Poetry Cafe Short Poem Competition are now featured on this blog. I hope everyone who entered our competition will find it interesting to read some of the pieces the Cafe Judges selected to forward to RACHAEL BOAST, our final judge. Under the Competition Critiques and Competition Poems headings on the home page, drop down menus will take you to poems by HELEN ASHLEY, AMA BOLTON, GRAHAM BURCHELL, SARA CHEESMAN, ANNEMARIE COOPER, MARTYN CRUCEFIX,  CLAIRE DYER, ANNIE FISHER, NIKKI KENNA, CAROLYN KING, WENDY KLEIN,  JOHN RICHARDSON, JONATHAN STEFFEN and ROBIN THOMAS. You can also reach the individual poems by following the links in their critiques.

Many of the poems appearing on the blog will be read by their authors at the final prizewinning event in Bath on Saturday 26th September 2015. All competitors and friends are warmly invited  to attend.  ( Tickets on the door £5.)

If any of the featured poets would like to mail me a thumbnail portrait and/or a link to their website, I will do my technological utmost to incorporate those into my critiques.

Please notice that it is possible to make comments on the blog if you want to say something in response to your poem’s critique.

Thank you all very much for allowing me to feature your poems on this blog.

26th September Competition Afternoon: Update

On Saturday 26th September, all the short and long listed poets and their friends have been invited to spend the afternoon in the Elwin Room in the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution in Queen Square, Bath.

Listed poets will read their selected poems and will be offering their books for sale on book tables run by members of the Bath Poetry Cafe.  At the end of the afternoon, the four prizewinners selected by final judge Rachael Boast will receive their prizes from artist film-maker Clive Walley of Frome and hear the reasons Rachael gave us for singling out their work.

The Elwin Room will be open from 1.30pm. The readings will start at 2pm and are scheduled to finish at 5pm.  There will be three reading sessions with refreshments available between 3.45pm and 4.15pm.  The alphabetical listings below are also the order in which the poets will read their work.

Note to all readers: You will be introduced by event organisers Sue Boyle and Rick Rycroft who will tell the audience what the Cafe panel particularly liked about your piece.  You will then read your poem without any further introduction.


Stephanie Boxall, Sara Butler, Zanna Beswick, Helen Ashley, Annemarie Cooper,Sara Cheesman, Louise Green, Genista Lewes, Sarah Barr, Anthony Watts.


Rachael Clyne, Rosie Jackson, John Richardson, Martyn Crucefix, Nikki Kenna, Annie Fisher, Claire Dyer, Carolyn King, Ama Bolton, Caroline Heaton,  Robin Thomas.


Stephen Boyce, Shirley Wright, Wendy Klein.

The book tables will be open throughout.


At Last! the Secret of Our Short Poem Competition Judge

Our Short Poem Competition final judge has now completed reading all the commended and highly commended poems whose titles and authors were announced on the competition blog in March.

We were extraordinarily fortunate in being able to secure award-winning Picador and Forward First Collection Prize poet RACHAEL BOAST to select our final prize-winners.

RACHAEL BOAST was born in Suffolk in 1975. Sidereal (Picador 2011) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. She is editor of The Echoing Gallery: Bristol Poets and Art in the City (Redcliffe Press). Pilgrim’s Flower (Picador 2013) was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. She tutors on a one-to-one basis for The Poetry School.

As well as selecting our prizewinners, RACHAEL has contributed detailed comments on the selected poems  and we will be reading these, as introductions to the prize-winning poems, during the Competition Afternoon on Saturday 26th September.

Details about the September 26th September afternoon were posted on the competition blog, in May, but I will produce an updated version for this blog with an August imprint very soon.