u3a - Poetry Competition 2020

Poetry winners announced!

After a nationwide search to find the best poem written by a u3a member during lockdown, we are delighted to let you know that the top 10 have been selected by the judges.

Poems were submitted by members from all of the regions and devolved countries, with nearly 200 entries overall.

Poems are all on the theme of ‘hobbies or interests’ and a maximum of 16 lines, plus the title, and all were required to have a rhyming component and be humorous. Entries were assessed by a total of 15 regional judges and an overall panel of three judges. As one of the overall judges commented:  

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to be a judge in the u3a National Poetry competition. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. The clever and witty poems I read are a credit to the poets and testament to the creative talent within our u3a movement.”

Judging for me was great fun,
No problem in getting it done,
The poems were witty,
Clever and gritty,
And finally, one poem won!
 

 

The first, second and third-placed poem will appear in April’s edition of Third Age Matters and on the website here, after publication. We hope you enjoy these poems which were judged to be the rest of the top 10 entries.

Checkmate

Checkmate

by Angela Rice

Plympton u3a

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Group Therapy

Group Therapy

by Kate Bartlett

Towcester u3a

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Host Queen

Host Queen

by Deirdre Kenny

Belfast u3a

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It's not rock...

It's not rock...

by Chris Barton

Stone & District u3a

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Ode to a Virus

Ode to a Virus

by Deborah Barwick

Saltburn District u3a

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Should I?

Should I?

by Carol Brewer

Belper & District u3a

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Zumba on Zoom

Zumba on Zoom

by Jane Morris

Oundle & District u3a

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