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Poetry Prize

This Mirehouse Biennial Poetry Prize is given in tribute to writers connected to Mirehouse, who include Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Southey, Fitzgerald and Carlyle. This prize is also a celebration of the work of today's talented poets. It is of great significance to be able to carry on this unique literary tradition to this day.

The Mirehouse 2016 Poetry Prize was judged by Grevel Lindop and the poems are posted on this page. The theme for the Mirehouse Poetry Competition 2016 is "Old Echoes Hidden in the Wall" (Tennyson).  We are delighted to announce that the winner is Alison Carter for her poem "What We Learned in the Shorthand Room".  Her poem and the eight other winning poems will also be displayed on the Poetry Walk at Mirehouse. 

The Mirehouse Poetry Event 2016 took place on 12th March 2016 in The Garden Hall at Mirehouse.  The competition was judged by nationally acclaimed poet, biographer, essayist, writer and academic Grevel Lindop, who follows in the impressive footsteps of previous judges Jo Shapcott, Helen Dunmore and Jacob Polley. Grevel judged over 160 entries from "outstanding poets" with insight and thoughtfulness in what he said is becoming one of the significant national poetry competitions of today.  . 

The organisers of the Cumbrian Literature Festival Words by the Water continue to give valuable support and encouragement to make this competition possible it is a priviledge for Mirehouse to be associated with this event.