John Clare Poetry Competition Results 2009

The theme of the 2009 poetry competition was "Heros and Heroines". Many entries were received from which the finalists in the three categories were selected and taken to London for the day on October 8th - National Poetry Day.

The finalists read their poems on the Speaker's Steps in Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament. They were joined by the author Adam Foulds, the Chairman of the John Clare Trust Barry Sheerman MP, other guest MPs Peter Bottomley, Michael Wills, Fiona Mactaggart together with Keeley Mills the current Poet Laureate of Peterborough who all brought poems along to read with the entrants.

The prize winners were presented with a book of poems, a medal and for the winner a shield on which they will have their name engraved.

The winners for 2009 were

Junior Category (Age 7 - 11)  prizes presented by Adam Foulds
1st Prize - Faheem Butt  The First Black President
2nd Prize - Alice Irving E=mc2
3rd Prize - Laura Burberry Doctor Who a Poem of Randomness                
Highly Commended - Jordan GrinyerThe Fireman
Intermediate Category (Age 11 - 18) prizes presented by Barry Sheerman MP 
1st Prize - Rachel Senior Hero
2nd Prize - Serena Ward Hero                                                                                      
3rd Prize - Stephanie FergusonLife as a Hero in Afghanistan
Highly Commeneded - Gugulethu PossiweMy Hero
Adult Category prizes presented by Keeley Mills
1st Prize - Peter Cox Humble Statue
2nd Prize - Penelope FreestonThe Carers
3rd Prize - Vivien FosterMission
Highly Commended - Rose HurmenHeroes and Heroines