Earlier this year Jersey Arts Trust and the States of Jersey appealed to Islanders to submit their commemorative poems inspired by the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Jersey. Budding writers were asked to imagine the historic date, and explore a range of subjects including what it would have been like to be present on Liberation Day on May 9th 1945 and how we see the importance of Liberation in the 21st Century in their poems.
A total of 130 poems were entered into the Island-wide competition. Jonathan Telfer, editor of the UK’s biggest and bestselling magazine for writers, Writing Magazine, had the challenging job of shortlisting the entries, before they were passed on to a panel chaired by the Bailiff, who selected the winners.
The Bailiff of Jersey, Mr William Bailhache, said:
I am delighted that so many islanders took up the opportunity to submit a poem in this special anniversary year of Liberation. The number and standard of entries was very high which made it very difficult to choose a winner in each category. I wish to thank all those who entered the competition and I look forward to Liberation Day when the winning poems will be read out at the special ceremony being held in People’s Park in the presence of HRH The Countess of Wessex.
We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 7-11 years category are two year 6 students from Grouville School, Ieva Belova and Aliyah Buesnel, with their joint poem Occupation. The runner-up prize was awarded to 10 year old Claudia Blackstone for her poem Liberation Memories.
Thirteen year-old Hannah Fennell from Jersey College for Girls was awarded first prize in the 12-17 years category with her poem Contented. The runner-up prize was awarded to fellow JCG student Hannah Louise Owens with her poem Tag der Befreiung-Day of Liberation.
Jane Wakeham scooped first prize in the 18+ category with her powerful and moving poem The Gift. The runner-up prize was awarded to Geraint Jennings with his Jèrriais poem Les Léopards d’la Libethâtion (which translates as Liberation Leopards.)
The first-prize winners in each category will receive a Kindle Reader, with second-prize winners each receiving £50 in book vouchers. Both Grouville School and Jersey College for Girls will receive £250 in book vouchers.
The winning poem from each category will be read out as part of the official programme of events during the afternoon of Saturday 9th May at People’s Park. The winning and runner-up poems from each category will also be published in the Liberation Day commemorative programme.
All the winning entries can be read on the Jersey Arts Trust website: www.arts.je