Thank you all for an amazing response! There were 95 entries!
The judges considered both the structure and content of your sonnets and decided, with such a wide range of subject themes, that it was impossible to decide on any one ‘best’ poem: instead they have agreed on joint first prize to share – for both Juniors and Adults
The joint winners of the Junior Competition are:
TAYLOR SMITH, PIERS HENDERSON, EDWARD PEARSON
Taylor wrote ‘The influences of Love’ with reference to Psyche and Eros but also a very modern approach to one of Shakespeare’s favourite themes.
Piers’ sonnet on Shakespeare’s Life was very different but we like the way he developed his theme from the birth to the death of Shakespeare, finishing with a strong couplet , ending ‘in 1616 he did say goodnight!’
Edward’s sonnet was even more different – he dedicated his to Dinosaurs !– with some very imaginative rhyming – but, again, telling a wonderful story…
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL! – EACH OF YOU WILL RECEIVE £20 AS YOUR SHARE OF THE PRIZE MONEY
We chose two joint winners in the Adult Competition:
LOIS WILLIAMS AND ‘MYSTERY WRITER’!
Lois Williams for her enchanting ‘Hunstanton Reverie’ and the extremely clever and topical sonnet called ‘Our Choice’. The problem with our second winner is that there was no name on the sonnet itself and so we have to ask the writer to present him/herself for the award by contacting the HDFA.
OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH: EACH OF YOU TO RECEIVE £25 AS YOUR SHARE OF THE PRIZE MONEY
You are all winners in your way, though, for having fought with the rigorous structure of the sonnet to produce a poem that you are proud of – and that is the most important thing – so keep writing …
THE WINNERS ARE ALL INVITED TO COME ALONG TO THE PARTY ON 25TH MAY AT THE TOWN HALL, TO JOIN IN OUR SHAKESPEARE CELEBRATIONS – AND TO READ THEIR SONNET TO THE AUDIENCE!
Please will those winners contact HDFA if they don’t hear from us first! Thank you.
New ideas are constantly being sought and the second “Festival Three by the Sea” event will run from May till September 2016.