Close calls for 12NOW writers at Belfast Book Festival

12NOW writers Patricia Devlin-Hill and Ross Thompson were announced as runners-up in two poetry competitions as part of Belfast Book Festival last week.

Patricia competing against twenty-two other poets in Poetry NI’s annual Book Festival Poetry Slam. Going through three rounds to advance to the final four, Patrica was runner-up to the eventual winner, David Braziel.

The slam judges particularly noted Patricia’s use of silence, stage space, patience and body language in the reading of her poems. “No one else considered the vastness of the stage during their performances. Patricia was able to use posture and pose – particularly in her poem ‘The Boy From Aleppo’ – to really bring the power of the piece to the fore.”

Ross Thompson was also announced as the joint runner-up in the Mairtin Crawford Poetry Award, alongside Michael Dooley. The competition was won by Rosamund Taylor, with the organisers tweeting that “there was barely a sliver of light between the three”.

On being shortlisted, Ross commented that he was ” very pleased and flattered to have been nominated for this new award, particular as it is amongst such a diverse range of writers and it is in the name of such an influential figure.Regardless of what happens, it is always gratifying to hear that someone has understood and enjoyed your writing.”

Lagan Online is delighted to see two of our 12NOW poets be listed and advance in their literary careers – we wish them all the best for future competitions!

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