2023 Crabbe Poetry Competition Winners

The winners of the 2023 Crabbe Poetry Competition were selected by Tamar Yoseloff.

Tamar Yoseloff Photo: Stephen Wells
Tamar Yoseloff Photo: Stephen Wells

First Prize

Grace Poole’s Version – Nicola Warwick

Second Prize

City State of Athens: Policy document for the preservation of the Ship of Theseus – Roger West

Third Prize

La brucatura – Steph Ellen Feeney

Highly Commended Poems

Bridal Pair with Eiffel Tower                                         Marc Chagall – Pat Jourdan

Bookworm – Peter Sandberg

Mushrooming – Eleanor Vale

Commended Poems

We promised to write – Steph Ellen Feeney

Using googledictate when his hands could no longer type and speech was proving difficult – Sue Garratt

Demeter’s Footprints – Jane Henderson

Saint Veronica Reads the News – Pamela Job

The Emperor Hadrian to his soul – Cro Page

The Penetration of Built-Up Areas by Aerosols At Night – Samuel Prince

The Flame-haired Girl Who Drives the Gritter – Peter Sandberg

The Passion – Margaret Seymour

Kentucky Morning On a Porch – Tim Waller

Bed of Onions – Peter Wallis

Self portrait, fired in clay. – Nicola Warwick

Chacun à son Mimosa – Roger West

Invasion – Will Ingrams


Awards Ceremony and Afternoon Tea

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, 7 October at Eye Bowls Club. The poems will be read by the poets, where possible, and will be followed by an afternoon tea of canapés, sandwiches and cakes.

Tickets are £8.50.

2023 Anthology

The anthology will be available at the ceremony and in our on-line shop afterwards.
Pre-order here for a discounted price.


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