Wednesday, 7 November 2018

2018 Anthology Contents for UK & Ireland Adults Entries

Today, we are pleased to reveal the poems that have been included in the 2018 Selected Poems Anthology for United Kingdom & Ireland adult entries.

We had hundreds and hundreds of entries for this category this year and the Anthology selection is based on the original "long list" that we used for judging purposes.

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Full Contents: 2018 Selected Poems Anthology for United Kingdom & Ireland adult entries.


A MOTHERS WAR - Lesley Spray, Ulverston, Cumbria
WEEP GENTLY MY SON - Sue Gerrard, St. Helens, Merseyside
Normandy 44 - Phil Pead, Rainham, Kent

"Pound of minced meat" part I - Richard C Wright, Birmingham

HOME FROM THE WAR, THE WARRIOR - Tina Morris, Lancashire
Tommy - Teresa Harrison-Best, Worthing, West Sussex

WINTER COMES - Tom Robason, Sunderland

The Recruiting Sergeant. - Kenny Moore,

And the beat went on. (Pantoum) - Stephen Pennell, Crewe, Cheshire
Pendle’s unseen war - Andrew Collinson, Sabden, Lancashire

SEPTEMBER 1939 - Isobel Thrilling, Skipton, Yorkshire

Mrs Owens Sunday Walk - Jean Maskell, Wirral

TO DIE A WARRIORS DEATH - Tony Andrews, Ashton Under Lyme
END HOUSE - Philip Burton, Bacup, Lancashire
Bullring Bairns - Nathan Ritchie, Broughty Ferry, Dundee

The Weather Forecast - Ian Colville,

Dressed to Kill - Diane Schofield, Dumfries & Galloway.
Unknown Soldier - John Black, Dungannon, Northern Ireland

"ignorance" - Chris Ainsworth, Rossendale

Physician Of The Soul - Barry Carter, Hull

Separated - K.E.N (Ken Ehud Nakamura), Epsom, Surry

White Feather - Tom Allport
The Last Drop - Dan Crocker, Burnley
The Return to Thankful - Greta Ross, Canterbury, Kent

NO BLITZ IN CIVVIES - Sandra Moran, Windsor, Berks

The Station - Andy West,
War in Mind - Hazel Andrews, Saltney, North Wales
Passchendaele - Andy Taylor, Exeter
The Mind Games! – Indu, Milton Keynes

The Elmingham Stony Village Band - Brian Charlton, Milton Keynes

Our Dearest England - Paul Crump, Newport, South Wales
Mrs Owen – Remembrance - Miriam Clare, Brighton, Sussex,

Spoils of War Tracy Davidson, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire
A View - John Newton - Perth, Scotland
Bayeux - Julian Bishop, North London
The Tick - Lee Mackenzie - Bramley, Guildford
Dover Calls - Andy Eycott, London
To the Death - Linda Burnett, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Heroes Speak Quietly - Lisa Lopresti, Ashton, Bristol
A War For What? - John Adams, Weymouth, Dorset.

Daffodil - Brigid Foley, Newport, Gwent
Sarajevo - Oliver James, Isle of Wight.

An Ignorant Man - Andrew Harper, Huddersfield

Under the Storm - Sara Davis, Tonbridge, Kent

Enemy Lines - Tasmin Talbot, West Bromwich, West Midlands

Entrenched Thinking - Richard Vidal, Epsom

The Dirtiest Trick - Alun Robert, Kent
Martyrs Bay - Heather Combe, Slough, Bucks

Ode to Autumn - Al McClimens
Caught in the Cross fire - Jenny Palmer, Twiston, East Lancs
Watchman - Thomas Moody, Ovington, Northumberland

Death Writes an Open Letter - Luigi Coppola, Sidcup, Kent
Running water at El Aghir - Dominic James, Chalford, Glos

THE LAST SOLDIER - Joyce Walker - Borehamwood, Herts
THE IRON NECKLACE - Derek Sellen, Canterbury
Fegefeur I - Steve Kettle - Llanelli, South Wales
The Ministry Of Offence - Graeme Darling - Jedburgh, Roxburghshire,
War Broke on Tongues - Ann Flynn - Kings Heath, Birmingham

First Day of the Somme - Nigel Smith - Guiseley, Leeds
HEROES' WELCOME - Steven Taylor - Kilburn, London
Hardcore - Stephen W Tucker – Clitheroe
BROTHERS IN ARMS - Robert Woollacott - Milton Keynes

Crossing Swords - Rebecca Schofield - Blackburn

Pawn - Colin Dardis - Belfast
War Game - Mantz Yorke - Manchester

WAR POEM - Razeena Kramer - London

LIONS LED BY DONKEYS - Michael Bamber - Chorley, Lancashire
At Guillemont Wood (1917) - George W Colkitto - Paisley, Renfrewshire

Meeting The Lancaster - Alan Bryant - Swansea
The Fight- The Ganges Teacher - Warrington
From Benin to Belfast - Gaynor Kane - Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Fight - Emily Kelly - Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
' Not Forgotten ' - Allistair Kitson - Antrim, Northern Ireland
In a Gentle Way You Can Shake the World - Roddy Scott - Paisley, Scotland.
Valhalla II - Mark Sheeky - Crewe, Cheshire


The Keloid Girls - Jane Burn - Consett, County Durham,
THE LAST - Merryn Williams - Oxford

The many uses of stones - John Ling - Huddersfield

Silent Graves - Danielle Wootton - Weymouth, Dorset.
WAIT AND SEE - Janette Wootton – Gloucestershire

There Are No - Stephen Sells - Hertfordshire

The Other War - Cathy Bryant – Disley, Cheshire
Ellen - Harry Gallagher - Tyne & Wear

Monday - Maggie Mackay - Dunfermline

Liberté - Des Childs - Lichfield

Cadillacs Passing - Myrtle V - Buckhurst Hill, Essex

What Blood Do We Bleed - Aminatta Kamara – Moulsham, Chelmsford
He’s Coming Home To Us - Hanna Anaz - Beeston, Nottinghamshire

No one fires. It’s tremendous.- Lynda McDonald - Edinburgh

Kaiser Wilhelm - Phil Santus - Southampton

Shoot the Projectionist - Katy McGahan
Cannon Fodder - Winter Selby - Llanelli

Strength - Rem Wilson - London

Poppies - Angi Holden - Winsford, Cheshire.
St. Paul’s Tube Station - Diane Jackman - Diss, Norfolk

Remembering Sidney Keyes (1922-1943) the Poet of WWII - Andrew Davies - London

A Field Of Red Poppies - Tania Jackson – Bury, Lancashire

Lament Glasgow 1943 - Finola Scott - Glasgow
Stop..Start.. - Morna Sullivan - Co. Antrim, N Ireland

Maisons tolérées - Jessie Summerhayes – Matlock, Derbyshire,
Repatriate - Gill Lambert – Keighley, Yorkshire

206 Coffins - Linda Cosgriff - Stockport, Cheshire

HEARING A PIN DROP - Tim Cunningham - Billericay, Essex

Cat on a Wall - John Stiles, LONDON
Dispatches - Mike Lee - Wellingborough
Korean War Photograph, 28 August 1950, by Al Chang - Gene Groves – Morpeth, Northumberland
Education - Karen Ankers - Anglesey

Remembrance - Brenda Read-Brown – Tewksbury, Gloucestershire

War Flowers - Annabelle Fuller, Yorkshire

Friend - Kate Wilson - Beckenham, Kent

Beyond Help - Pippa Little - Cramlington Village, Northumberland
Steep - Colin Bancroft - County Durham
Six Nights - Elena Croitoru – Welling, Bexley

To the Angel at Vimy Ridge - Elaine Speakman, Ramsbottom, Lancashire

An Arabian Night - Rosemary McLeish - Selling, Kent

War - Ryan Roberts - Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Growing Pains - Stuart A. Paterson - Kirkbean, Dumfries and Galloway
Modern Warfare - Alison Prendergast - Cork, Ireland.

A Heart-Shaped Wood - Philip Howard – Penwortham, Preston

SOMEONE'S BUSINESS - Giles Constable, London
Grotesqueness of Hell - Trace Elliott - Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Sacrifice - Kieron P. Baird – Avonbridge, Falkirk
TOO YOUNG TO DIE - Anna L. Thoburn - Clitheroe, Lancashire

What is left for us? - Barbara Eszter Utasi – Dublin, Ireland

Stepping forward, stepping back - Sarah Evans, Welwyn Garden City

The Unknown Soldier - Karen Anne Fentum

Generation At War - Alice Saunders – Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Details of the Fallen - David Van-Cauter – Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Outmarching Fears To Conquer Frontiers - Catherine Mullen – Radstock, Somerset
Armistice Day - Jane Fuller - Port Logan, Wigtownshire
Rania’s Story - Angela Bailey - Leicester.
Where dost Thy Father Lay? - Beverley Mulvanerty - Lewes, East Sussex

The Trumpian Scholar - Leanne Spencer, Croydon
Cap Badge (Silver Horse) - Kathryn Wharton - Baildon, West Yorkshire
STRANGE CROP - Alison McNulty – Clitheroe, Lancashire
When Will They Come Home? - Amber O’Connor - Kent.

Shell-hole by Moonlight - Clare Proctor – Kendal, Cumbria
Eating With The Dead - Graham Burchell - South Brent, Devon
Written on the Commemoration of 100 years since the start of the Gallipoli Campaign -Jane Hopwood - Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria.
Old Man, Novi Banovei, Serbia, 1995 - Joan Michelson - Haringey, London

The Theatres Of War - Jim Bennett – Wirral, Merseyside
Lessons Unlearnt - Kelly Darkins – Stourport, Worcestershire

A Letter I Wish I Had Sent You - Destiny Adeyemi - Lambeth, London

War In Our Streets - Miriam Long - London
Glint - Jack Houston

War On The Shore - Maggie Davison - Hexham, Northumberland
‘The First and the Last’ - Steven Jackson - Chalgrove, Oxfordshire

Eclipse - Egbuka izuchukwu (John)

Marathon - Ruth Aylett - Edinburgh
War Never Made Anything More Beautiful - Nick Allen - Saltaire, Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Friday March 15th 1918 - Graham Jones - North Walsham, Norfolk

July 1st 1916 - Neil Smith
"Walt Died of Wounds – " - Tabi Joy - Cheltenham
REDACTED - Isabel White, late of Higher Standen, below Pendle


"Broken Hands" by Jane Crossen of Sheringham, Norfolk.
"WW2 Spitfire" by Charlie Wood of Birkenhead

"Arras Memorial" by Angela & Clive Eggleton

and "Visit To The Somme" by Sandra Godfrey