On the Pages in the dropdown menu below this heading, there are small reflections on the Torbay Competition, which I judged in 2016, and on the Bath Poetry Cafe Competition which took place in 2015. Some of the pieces look at matters arising during the judging processes. Others celebrate the poems which made the shortlists.
It is a great privilege to be a competition judge and a wonderful learning process. I am very grateful to all the poets who have allowed me to share their work.