Read winning poems from CS Lewis Festival Poetry Competition

The results of the CS Lewis Festival Micro Poetry Competition have been announced.

Hosted by Eastside Arts, the competition invited entrants to respond to the sights and wonders of East Belfast, with the theme of ‘Surprised By Joy’, the title of Lewis’s 1955 book dealing with his conversion to Christianity.

The competition sought “exciting, imaginative and original poems, written in less than 140 characters”, which could fit on the back of a postcard or in a tweet.

Congratulations go to Ray Givans, the overall winner of the competition (whose new pamphlet The Innermost Room we reviewed back in August), as well as runners-up John Caulfield and 12NOW writer David Mitchell.


Winner: Ray Givans

+++Surprised by

a man hanging
half- out
of a window
in Ballyhackamore,
working a cloth.
Intensity of Michelangelo.

Second: John Caulfield

Here my footsteps echo in the imagination of Lewis
Aslam stands proud
of musicians, writers, artists from the East
who brought joy to the world.

Third: David Mitchell

You’d need a crane
to lift the buns in Del Piero’s.
They’d sink a ship,
They’d dwarf a witch.
But dad and kid
Splitting it,
Perfect fit.

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