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Winners announced in College poetry competition

Judges, including Ruthie Collins and Dr Rod Mengham, revealed the nine winning poems and a highly commended entry at a celebration event last week.

The inaugural Jesus College poetry competition was themed around nature and the environment. It was open to all students, staff and Fellows at Jesus, who were invited to submit a poem of between eight and 30 lines. 

The judging panel hosted a poetry celebration in December 2020, which included discussion on poetry’s role in emotional wellbeing and community outreach.

The winning poems can be found below, along with other highly commended entries.

Winning entries

  • Thursday’s child by Grace Copeland
  • Some shadows in St James’ Park by Joshua Clayton
  • Mother Earth by Lebogang Seitshiro
  • Falling forever by May Hawkings
  • Telemachus At Afales by Will Andrews
  • A January afternoon by Christie Patel
  • Nineteenth by Alex Haydn-Williams
  • Frog-song by Alastair Smith
  • In the headlights by Amy Wolstenholme

The judges were delighted by the variety and creativity of the entries.

The also specially commended Captain Jack by Miles Stopher.

Read some of the winning entries below.


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