THE first Jersey Festival of Words Poetry Competition has been won by Simon Crowcroft.
The Constable of St Helier’s poem Reach was chosen from almost 100 entries in the competition’s adult category as the winner of the Alan Jones Prize, named in memory of the Jersey poet and inspirational teacher who died in 2013.
Second place went to Juliette Hart and the third prize was awarded to Traci Lynn O’Dea.
In the 14-17 age group, the first prize was won by Lola Gardiner (14), second prize by Ellie Harris (17) and third by Ana Silva (14).
Prizewinners in the 9-13 category were Ayden Bristol (13), Faye Peters (12) and Poppy Pendergast (12).
The cash prizes will be presented by international poetry star Lemn Sissay, the London Olympics laureate and current Chancellor of the University of Manchester, as a prelude to his own Opera House performance at the Jersey Festival of Words.