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Winners of the 2016 Open Writing Competition announced!


17 March 2017

Winners of the 2016 Open Writing Competition announced!

Oriel Davies and competition judge Chris Kinsey are delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 writing competition and wish to thank everyone who entered.

Winning Poem - Blood Lines by Frances Field and Winning Prose - Cosmic Tiger by Chris Clement-Green.

Now an established annual event in the Oriel Davies calendar, the writing competition regularly attracts over 100 entries from Wales and UK writers. The theme for the 2016 competition was Imaginary Worlds, linking it to recent Oriel Davies illustration exhibition of the same name.

Once again, the standard of entries was high. Chris Kinsey, Competition Judge explained; “I like to read all the anonymous entries and then wait to see which pieces linger leaving the strongest impression. This year two poems vied for top position Blood Lines (which won) and Ex Machina and, although they are very different poems, it turns out that they’re by the same person – Congratulations to Frances Field for her exact and intriguing imagery.”

“The prose entries were more numerous and varied but Cosmic Tiger stood out for being a fully realised, convincing depiction of a human being in an extreme situation. The character is strong and the story raises interesting questions about extinction and human values. Congratulations to Chris Clement-Green for creating such a compact and intense story.”

To celebrate, entrants and members of the public are invited to an afternoon of poetry and prose read by the winners. Frances Feld and Chris Clement-Green will be joined by previous winners and commended writers, Gill McEvoy and Jan Newton. The event takes place at Oriel Davies, 2pm – 4pm on Saturday 08 April. For tickets please contact Oriel Davies 01686 625041 desk@orieldavies.org.


Editor’s Notes:

1. Chris Kinsey: Newtown poet and previous Writer in Residence at Oriel Davies, Chris Kinsey has written four poetry collections: Muddy Fox (Rack Press), Kung Fu Lullabies and Cure for a Crooked Smile (Ragged Raven Press) and Swarf (Smokestack Books). Chris is a celebrated nature poet; she was the BBC Wildlife Poet of the year 2008, won Natur Cymru’s prose competition in 2012 and writes a regular Nature Diary for Cambria.

2. Oriel Davies is an independent public art gallery based in Mid Wales. The Gallery organises and tours innovative exhibitions featuring artists from Wales, other parts of the UK and internationally, and provides an extensive art education programme. Oriel Davies is a Registered Charity no: 1034890 and is revenue funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council.

3. Winning entries and Event details for - An Informal Afternoon with Oriel Davies Writing Competition Winners | Saturday 08 April 2017 | 2pm-4pm  - further information here.

4. For images and further information contact marketing@orieldavies.org |  01686 625041


Published 17 March 2017
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