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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 competitionfor 2018 has now been completed and judged.  The theme for the competition was "The ringing grooves of change" (Tennyson) and was judged by acclaimed author and biographer Adam Feinstein.  The first prize was won by Alison Carter for her beautiful poem "Topiary".  This prize winning poem and the other eight highly commended poems will be displayed on the Mirehouse Poetry Walk and appear on this website.  The poetry event to celebrate the winners was held on Saturday 17th March 2018 11am at The Garden Hall at Mirehouse.  More details are available here (page 34).

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.