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Winner of Derbyshire poetry competition announced

Published: 23 December 2021

The winner of a poetry competition run by our libraries service has been announced.


Prue Potiphar from Loscoe was chosen from the entries that came in from across Derbyshire for her poem 'The Choice'.

The competition was launched by the libraries service to celebrate National Poetry Day in October.

The theme of the competition was inspired by the theme of National Poetry Day itself – 'choice', and to enter, participants were asked to create a poem on the theme of choice in 200 words or less.

The competition was open to adults aged 18 and over living in Derbyshire.

The librarian judges said they enjoyed reading all the entries and were delighted to announce Prue as the winner.

The judging panel also chose the following poems as highly commended – ‘The Sale’ by Arnie Rainbow, ‘Therefore, I am’ by Rebecca Summerscales, and ‘Choice?’ by Philippa Young.

All the entries will be published in a compendium poetry eBook on the BorrowBox app in the new year.

Our Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture, Tourism and Climate Change Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“This competition has showcased the wonderful local talent that we have here in Derbyshire. I congratulate the winner and all the entrants and hope they enjoy seeing their work being made available to a wider public.”

Prue Potiphar is being awarded a bottle of Laureate Sherry, donated by the 21st Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, when he visited the new Belper Library in April.

Laureate Sherry has long been a tradition and this unique bottle has a label specially designed by Simon's wife, Sue, and features a drawing of the Marsden Cuckoo.

For more information about the competition visit:

Find out more about the National Poetry Day competition.

Watch Prue read her poem.