The winners are announced!

Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon were impressed with the quality of the entries so thank you to everyone who took part.

The results are as follows. Apologies for the mis-transcribing of the titles.

NHS 70th Birthday Competition

Judged by Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon

1st My life reduced to a window;  Michelle Diaz

2nd You never forget your first patients; Margaret Adkins

3rd Granddad


Visiting Helen in the afternoon; Carole Bromley

Widow; John Ling

This Old Doc; Anthony (Tony) Hargreaves

End of a Nightshift on Nightingale Ward; Margaret Adkins


The work of the organisers goes on. The prize giving and book launch (plus the  actual production of the book ) is being organised as we write and since the poems were of such a good standard, we are applying to the Arts Council for funding, which has set us back a little bit because the time scale for acceptance or rejection is 6 weeks from when we make the application. And the hoops we have to jump through were not anticipated. Nevertheless, we want the book to be the best it can be.

Congratulations to everyone who entered and particularly to those above. We will publish the poems online and in the book and we may use extracts for promotional and advertising purposes but when the book launch has passed the copy-rite returns to the writers and we will have to seek permission to reuse them.

Waiting for the results…

We have got an estimate for the printing of the book, although the preparation is going to be more work than we anticipated.

Nevertheless we are undaunted.

The winners will be announced soon.