West Hill poet wins first prize at Sidmouth Literary Festival

Poet and playwright Alyson Hallett (left) presents Janet, from West Hill with her prize.

Poet and playwright Alyson Hallett (left) presents Janet, from West Hill with her prize. - Credit: Archant

A West Hill poet has been awarded first prize in a competition at Sidmouth Literary Festival.

Janet Beardsall’s received her prize from poet and playwright Alyson Hallett after impressing judges with her poem In memory of a Surfer.

The poem is taken from Janet’s third book of poetry, What’s Not to Love? which has already raised £2,000 for Hospiscare.

The collection is available at The Curious Otter Bookshop and Otter Nurseries in Ottery and Paragon Books, Flo&Us, and The Lantern Shop in Sidmouth.


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