Huddersfield Literature Festival Announces The Winners Of The Courage Is Poetry Competition

And the winner is…

Huddersfield Literature Festival Announces The Winners Of The Courage Is Poetry Competition

The winners of the Huddersfield Literature Festival Courage Is Poetry Competition are:

Hannah Hudson in the Under 16s Category with the poem "I am her"
Theresa Sowerby in the over 16s Category with the poem "Migration"

With an amazing number of entrants - over 230 in total with 140 in the over 16 and 90 in the under 16 categories - the 24 finalists have achieved a great accomplishment. The winning finalists won a Kindle and the runners up £25 of Waterstones vouchers.

All finalists poems will appear will appear on Codex, a giant digital installation, which will be on display in the Piazza in Huddersfield at the old BHS building on The Shambles and in various companies across Huddersfield Town Centre on the poetry trail. (see map)


Hayley line (RUNNER UP)
Megan Whitworth (HIGHLY COMMENDED)
Freya Hanson
Merry Walker
Sanaa Hussain
Zoe Ramage
Ellie Kellett
Iman Mohammed
Chelsea Jackson
Skye Thomas-Smith

Simon Williams (RUNNER UP)
Hannah Hodgson
Lynda Turner
Inez Patino
Angie de Courcy Bower
Jack Faricy
Anne Broadbent
Rebekah Marriner
Mantz Yorke
Janet Blackburn

About Huddersfield Literature Festival
The Festival, which takes place annually in March, last year celebrated its 10th anniversary on a high, with a diverse programme that included Irvine Welsh, Ben Miller, Alan Johnson MP, Joanne Harris, Lemn Sissay and Levison Wood, as well as children’s events, library events, Bollywood dance and storytelling, creative writing workshops, an LGBT event, a Poetry Slam, Open Mic and Literary Afternoon Tea.

The 2016 Festival was also a finalist in the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards in the Arts & Culture category.

This year’s events include Ian Rankin, Jenni Murray and Alan Johnson at Huddersfield Town Hall, plus a range of high-profile authors and performers, creative writing workshops, Majikkon Manga/Anime & Comic Con, an open mic night and poetry slam, comedy evening, Literary Afternoon Tea and A Celebration of Pride and Prejudice.

WINNER (Under 16 category)
By Hanna Hudson
I Am Her

I am her
Her courage is motivating
She moves with breathless elegance
Yet her footsteps leave complex blemishes
On the face of Earth

I am her
She does not sit at the back of the bus
Or cower to extremists and racists
Her fearlessness is bulletproof
And she intimidates all uneducated prejudice
That question her credibility or drive

I am her
She carries her lamp
And guides all worriers astray
With impelling blossoms budding in the
Dark locks of her curios head

So thank you Frida, Malala, Florence,
Emmeline and Rosa
Thanks to you
We are she
And I am her
WINNER (Over 16 category)
By Theresa Sowerby

A stand of rowan in a Yorkshire town
braves traffic fumes and flaunts
shocking blood-red clusters against
the urban grey and in the branches
hang a hundred waxwings, heads nodding,
jamming their bills with berries, inland
now but feathers still damp with salt wind
and in each small skull
the coordinates for steppe or fjord.

This winter daybreak a weak sun
leaks onto road and pavement
where the migrant workers come
to cafés, hospitals, hotels. Some
dreaming the dry cold of a real winter,
or evening air loud with crickets,
or the cadence of a first tongue.
Good morning. A latte and muffin.
Please, Thank you. Alien words bed in.

One looks up, points and all stare
in wonder at the barrel-chested
waxwings, slicked-back Mohicans
and the red seal on their folded wings
that marks their right of passage.