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

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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.