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
a man hanging
of a window
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
There was a very high calibre of creative writing today as Winners and runners up read their micro poems based on #CSLFest17 theme ‘Surprised by Joy’. Then all aboard the wonderland express train 🚂❄ pic.twitter.com/jQwxAbb78Q
— C.S Lewis Festival (@CSLewisFest) December 4, 2017
The awards ceremomy for our poetry competition was magical today thanks to @W5atodyssey @JanCarson7280 Kelly mccaughrain @WendyLangham & our sponsor @HewittandGilpin and of course all of the wonderful participants 😊 pic.twitter.com/bVN1TvU2oT
— EastSideArts (@EastSideArtsBel) December 4, 2017