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Winner of Poetry Competition Revealed

8 July 2016

The former creative writing teacher for the Open University was inspired to write her poem by the Etching ‘Still Life with Tulips’ by Victoria Garland.

Anne (57) receives £100 from the Lymington Arts Festival for her poem entitled Tulips in June.

She said: “I visited St Barbe at the end of June to see the Open Exhibition and started writing a few lines of poetry about several paintings – the exhibition really is varied and inspiring.

“However the tulips etching – it particularly caught my imagination and I wrote the whole poem there and then in the gallery, I just edited it slightly at home.”

Anne, a mother-of-two, read her poem and was awarded her prize last night (Friday 8 July) at the launch of The Ferry Tales project.

Professional poets Robyn Bolam and Lydia Fulleylove also recited their poetry inspired by paintings in the St Barbe exhibition, and live music was provided by the highly-acclaimed Paul Armfield.

Here is Anne’s poem ....

Tulips in June

There is still
life in tulips
though their petals hang
and their leaves curl

There is still
life in tulips.
pollen waiting to fall
though stems are severed
and the caul of leaf scales
will not swell next year,
next time

There will still be
life in tulips.
their orange gaze shines
while each petal’s lines
lead us to hope
not despair.

Winner of Poetry Competition Revealed

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