National Poetry Day 2007

Poets in Hastings Competition and Exhibition


As National Poetry Day fell in Hastings Week, we were in a celebratory mood in October. Earlyworks Press teamed up with Hastings Writers Group to run a series of events in Hastings shopping Mall which kicked off with an exhibition of small press poetry books.

Poetry Exhibition 1

National Poetry Day - exhibition of poetry journals and small press books

Poetry Exhibition 2

Poetry Exhibition 3

Poetry Exhibition 4

Terry Sorby launched his poetry collection 'Beyond the Greyscale' - here he is signing a copy for local author Victoria Seymour... 

Terry Sorby and Victoria Seymour 

and presenting a copy to the mayor, for whom he had composed a poem...

   Terry Sorby and mayor Maureen Charlesworth

During the evening in the Mall, we encouraged passers by to help us in the composition of an off-the-cuff poem...

long poem 1

long poem 2

long poem 3

...and then the mayor announced the winners of the Poets in Hastings Competition.

Poets in Hastings poster including details of competition (repeated in text further down page)

The top ten entries were written by

Stephanie Morris

Sarah Rajabalee

Hilary Rowland

Kim Wan

Anthony Frost

Penelope Salmon

Francis Raynor

Daisy Lawrence

Sylvia Ross


Dave Arnold

Stephanie Morris receives her prize from the mayor

Stephanie Morris and the mayor

Earlyworks Press would like to thank Kate O'Hearn for designing the displays, Bullet Coffee House in Robertson St, The Rooms in St Leonards and McCarron's Gift Shop in Norman Road for donating prizes.

                                                     Terry signing 'Beyond the Greyscale' 2                                                                  

  Terry signing Beyond the Greyscale 1 

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