Poetry Competition winners

Poetry Competition winners

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural Saltaire Festival poetry competition, the 2019 entries didn’t disappoint.

A national call for entries for our 2019 competition attracted nearly 100 entries from right across the UK, and event further afield.

The judges were Lorna Faye Dunsire and Irene Lofthouse, both published poets who have experience of judging similar competitions.

Lorna is part of Yaffle Five whose latest venture is Reel Bradford, an anthology which is a joint production with Bradford City of Film, due for release on 16 August.


The under 18 winner was Nana’s Saltaire Blood by Anya Trofimova age 14. The runner up was Unjust System by Suhani Ahuja and third place went to My Outfits by Claire Gee.

In the adult category, first place went to Salts Mill by Isobel Thrilling (pictured in Salts Mill). Second place was awarded to Saltaire Souls by Alison Hughes and the third place was Engagement by Emma Storr.

You can read the poems here.

Isobel Thrilling at the Saltaire Festival launch 2019.

Huge congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who entered.

Look out for our 2020 competition next year!