Roe Valley man George O’Brien came out tops in the recent competition run by the Jane Ross Writers’ Group.
“This was the first competition the group had organised and we hope it will go from strength to strength annually,” said Chris Morrow of the group.
“It was open to anyone who resided in the Roe Valley area and are over 18. The theme of the competition was ‘I Remember‘.”
Chris says the group had a tough time judging the entries, all of which were of a high standard.
The winner, however, was George O’Brien with his poem entitled ‘Remember When’, which features the following two verses:
‘A random act of kindness nurtured tenderly
Will blossom with attention and flower with care
Shall I nourish the hurt or the beauty
When I am old, with just my thoughts for company.
I will reap what I have tended as I sit in my armchair
What did I plant in the bank of memory
Did I nourish the hurt or the beauty?’
In second place was Deirdre Devine; third place went to Mary Heyward; fourth place went to Dorothy Logue while David Florida James was awarded fifth place.
“I’d like to thank ‘Reflections’ for sponsoring the engraved cup and also Thomas for sponsoring the crafted pen; they have been brilliant,” said Chris.
“I would also like to thank Patricia Mc Adams from Derry Central library for being so generous with her time, and judging the competition. ‘Thank You’ to everyone that took part, and all our prize winners. We look forward to next year’s competition, buoyed by the wonderful poetic talent that continues to enrich the Roe Valley.”
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