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St Albans poet, Mary Woodward, celebrates winning second place in international Bridport Prize
A St Albans writer has won £1,000 in an international literary competition.
Poet Mary Woodward scooped second prize in the international Bridport Prize, one of the most prestigious open literary awards in the UK.
She has published poems in many magazines including North, Ambit, The London Magazine, Stand, and The Shop.
At the awards ceremony yesterday (Saturday), Ms Woodward received her cheque for £1,000 for her poem entitled ‘The Sellotape Factory.’
Ms Woodward’s poem took the eye of poet and competition judge Wendy Cope: "‘The Sellotape Factory’ worked its way towards the top of the pile because I found myself thinking about it so often, remembering the image of the children with their faces pressed against the wire fence, the ‘nice men in overalls’, who bowled them rolls of tape.
"But what I most admire about this poem is its author’s control of tone. The anger in the poem is quiet anger, and when the poet turns the tables on the offending parents, that is done quietly too. The poem doesn’t shriek and beat its breast.
"Some of the less successful entrants put me off by being too intense and dramatic."
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