Poet Laureate winners

A fantastic evening for poetry-lovers took place at in Wisbech on Friday.

The Fenland Poet Laureate awards brought together people to hear the short listed poets and young poets read their work at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.

“It was such an amazing evening, full of fantastic people and amazing poetry. There is so much talent in Fenland, and we need to keep encouraging people to come together and share it. I felt proud to be a part of it.” said Karen Harvey of Atelier East, organiser of the awards who hosted the event with David Wright, the museum’s curator.

Elaine Ewart, the Fenland Poet Laureate 2012 and one of the judges, told the 70 strong audience about her many activities bringing poetry and people together in the Fens and read a few of her Fenland poems.

Three young poets were short listed and had the chance to read out their entries, before the title of Young Fenland Poet Laureate 2013 was awarded to 13 year old James Horsburgh. In second place was Kristina Tunnard and third was Bonnie Scott.

Ten short listed adults performed their poems. The winner was announced as Leanne Moden, with second place going to Emma Ormond and in joint third, Lizzy Doe and Rani Drew.

Both Leanne and James would be delighted to hear from community groups and event organisers who would like to invite them to write poems for their events. If you would like to find out more about what your Poet Laureates can do for you, email info@atelier-east.co.uk