Rae Howells wins the Welsh Poetry Competition 2017

Published Thu 10 Aug 2017 - By Literature Wales
Rae Howells has been awarded 1st place in the Welsh Poetry Competition 2017 for her poem, ‘Airlings’.

Judging the competition was acclaimed poet Kathy Miles. The winners were as follows:

  • 1st Prize: ‘Airlings’ by Rae Howells (Swansea)
  • 2nd Prize: ‘Skimmers’ by Jane Burn (Consett)
  • 3rd Prize: ‘On watching a lemon sail the sea’ by Maggie Harris (Llandysul)

The winners were announced on the competition website on Friday 4 August.

Judge Kathy Miles said: “It has been a real honor to judge this year’s Welsh Poetry Competition. And, with over 500 entries, a somewhat daunting task, not least because of the quality of the work submitted. Subjects were wide ranging; love, loss, the failure of relationships, and – as one would expect in such dark political times – anger at the world we live in. Many poems dealt with heart-breaking scenarios: death, the decline of a loved one into dementia, homelessness, war, the refugee crisis. There were also many pieces that focused on Wales, and I was reminded again of how much wonderful poetry is inspired by the history, culture and language of the landscape around us.”

Kathy Miles also choose another seventeen poems for the ‘Highly commended’ section with another fifteen poems also given a ‘special mention’. Winners and entries came from all over the world and all winning poems and judges’ comments can be viewed on the competition website, here: