The winner of this year’s Cardiff International Poetry Competition was announced at a ceremony in the city tonight.
The first prize of £5,000 was awarded to Geoff Lajbrok, from Cambridge, for his poem the ‘Goose in the Suitcase’.
Second prize of £500 went to Rosie Shepperd, from London, for her poem ‘My milkman comes from Sarajevo and has beautiful hands’.
She is currently studying for a PhD at the University of South Wales.
Third prize went to Valerie Laws from Northumbria and £50 prizes went to five runners-up including Anna Wigley from Cardiff for her poem ‘Collecting the Casket’.
The judging panel included Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales, and former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion.
Motion said he hoped the winning poems would now give the readers as much pleasure as they gave him and the other judges.
Tonight’s ceremony, organised by Literature Wales
, was held at Porters where guests were treated to readings from the shortlisted authors of the Wales Book of the Year and music from jazz pianist and composer Paul Jones.
The top three winning poems will appear in the New Welsh Review 101 from September 1.