Poetry Competition 2017

Poetry Competition 2017

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund with support from the Lincolnshire County Council we had some excellent entries into our 2017 Poetry Competition!

The theme of the competition was 'Lincolnshire Chalk Streams' and the competition was judged by an independent local poet. You can view all of the entries by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.

The overall winner was James Forrester, well done James. Here's his poem 'Mayfly time'

Mayfly time

A moment of perfection is briefly 

Held in a film between two worlds

Until surface tension breaks

Releasing the winged form

To rise like lcarus

Tails streaming in thin air –

Where beauty can be spent

In the blaze of a single day.


A refracted view through

Dimpled lens reveals

Numb fingers of ranunculus

Swaying apart to partially unveil

Sharp-edged trout

Pulsing against the flow –

Counting time

Until the dance is done.


The serpentine stream slowly

Unfurls a meander and

Conceives an intersection point

Where air thickens into water

And light can be seized

And distorted

In a flash -

Of kingfisher blue.




Runner Up

11 years and under

Molly Hallissey

'The life of a chalk stream'

Weronika Ragan

'Chalk Streams'

12 years to 17 years

Tatiana Bujor

'The Chalk Stream'

Ellis Rojas

'Sliding through the hills'

18 years and over

Kevin McMahon

'Grandfather's Footsteps'

Clare Morris


Overall Winner

 James Forrester

'Mayfly Time'



Big thank you to everyone who entered we had some fabulous entries!



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