Published: 13 December 2021

It’s the most wonderful ‘rhyme’ of the year

We’ve decked the halls with boughs of holly, we’ve rocked around the Christmas tree and now it’s time to announce the winner of our Festive Poem Competition 2021…

Congratulations to MA Creative Writing student Sharron Green, for winning this year’s competition.

Judging all of the poems received, Dr Paul Vlitos said: “What I enjoyed most in Christmas Countdown was the careful modulation of mood, with the frustrations and occasional panics of the run-up to Christmas (especially in the era of Covid-19) interwoven with flashes of seasonal good-will and magic.

“The poem was also striking in the attention paid to the language itself – the appropriately jingling metre of the lines, the deftly unobtrusive rhymes, the delight in the sound of the words and the eye for a striking phrase. This was a very confident and memorable seasonal poem indeed!”

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