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Rose Flint wins Cardiff Poetry Competition
Wed 4 Jun 2008
NAWE member Rose Flint has won the prestigious Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition 2008. Rose teaches Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at Bristol University.

The results of the 2008 Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition were announced at a floating ceremony aboard cruise vessel Seren Y Bae on Tuesday 3 June 2008.
Rose sailed away with the first prize of £5000 for her poem 'The Field'. Judges Jo Shapcott and U A Fanthorpe commented that her poem 'practically jumped out of the pile, fuelled by its own energy and exuberance. The poet has caught precisely the explosive force, the juice and joy, the spectacular and unreasonable diversity of growth in a single patch of ground'. Rose Flint is a multi-award winning poet as well as an artist and art therapist. She describes herself as 'a long term Green' and is involved in local sustainability projects. Her fourth collection of poetry will be published this summer by Avalon press.

Other NAWE members receiving prizes included Mario Petrucci and Sue Butler.

The winners were awarded their cheques by National Poet of Wales and NAWE Patron Gillian Clarke as part of the floating ceremony in which the top three prize-winners read their winning poems against the beautiful moving backdrop of Cardiff Bay. Gillian Clarke, who has judged the competition in the past, read some of her own work including some of her city poems written during her time as Cardiff's Capital Poet.

During this event Academi launched the 2009 Cardiff International Poetry Competition, which sees continued financial sponsorship from Cardiff Council. The judges for 2009 will be renowned Barnsley poet Ian McMillan and Texas based poet Kurt Heinzelman.