The winner of the Waltham Forest Poetry Competition has been chosen and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony next week.

The winners of the 2019 competition will win £900 at the ceremony taking place at One Hoe Street on Thursday, November 14, at 7pm. Prizes will be given in three categories: Adult, Young Poet, and Waltham Forest poets. Judge Graham Clifford will be handing out the prizes and will perform alongside hip hop artist Kitch.

The winning poets will read their poems on the theme of ‘Where I’m From’, and there will be an open mic for everyone to join in with their poems on any subject.

Graham Clifford said: “This was great fun. As I suspect is often the way, the prize winning and commended poems all have remarkable qualities, making judging very difficult. Style, voice, humour, humanity and a different or nuanced way of seeing and communicating experience – be that actual or imagined – are all in evidence at a high level.”

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