Thursday, 30 January 2014

Lovely Poetry News

I was delighted to receive an email from Holland Park Press telling me I'm one of the shortlisted poets in their recent Poetry Competition! The theme was 'What's Your Place?' and I wrote a poem about an aspect of my own locale, called Metal Giraffes on the Clyde.

I feel very honoured to be in the running for the prize and I'm just happy to have this amount of recognition. Holland Park Press is a Dutch and English publisher and there are 11 English and 6 Dutch poems shortlisted (out of over 450 entries I believe!).

I've been invited to go and read my poem at the reading/awards evening in London at the end of February - all poems will be read and then the winner announced. It sounds like a really lovely evening and I'd love to meet everyone and hear the readings. Will need to see if I can manage to get down for it!

Rosemary

17 comments:

Frances Garrood said...

Oh, well done! And of COURSE you must get down for it. Priorities, Rosemary! (

Teresa Ashby said...

Congratulations, Rosemary that's marvellous news (and what Frances said!) x

Wendy's Writing said...

Well done, Rosemary - aren't you clever! A long way to go for you but well worth it.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, Frances - definitely thinking about it!

Thanks, Teresa!

Thank you, Wendy - it is rather but should be an interesting evening, no matter the result!

Jean Bull said...

Metal Giraffes on the Clyde is such perfect imagery. I know exactly what you are talking about! Good Luck with your poem!

Saskia Tepe said...

Well done! The title is wonderful. Of course you must go - it is a wonderful opportunity to get yourself and your talents known even further afield.

Patsy said...

Congratulations!

Joanna said...

Huge congratulations, Rosemary, on this marvellous news. I'm delighted for you. xx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Many thanks for that, Jean - glad you understood!

Thank you, Saskia!

Thanks, Patsy!

Many thanks, Joanna!

Joan Fleming said...

Congratulations once again, Rosemary. So pleased for you. London? Of course you must try to be there!

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Congratulations! How exciting, I'm thrilled for you and I do hope you manage to get to London.x

Vikki said...

Congratulations again. A great achievement!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, as always, Joan!

Thanks, Debs - I will try!

Thank you, Vikki!

penandpaints said...

That's terrific, Rosemary, well done! How exciting! I do hope you can go, best of luck!

Cara Cooper said...

Come down South Rosemary, the natives here are really very friendly!! We'd love to have you visit. Many congratulations, that's wonderful news!

Julia said...

Well done. You must definitely make the trip to what sounds like it will be a lovely evening.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks you, Pen and Paints - we're looking into it!

Must admit it's a good excuse for a visit to London, Cara! Thank you.

Thanks, Julia - it does sound worth the trip!