Exeter Poetry Festival 2017 competition results: congratulations ‘James Johnson’ aka Ian Beech
Congratulations to our first and second prize winners in this year’s competition. The challenge was to write the first two lines of the poem inspired by Ian Beech’s prizewinning title of last year, ‘Einstein’s Theory of Relatives.’ Judge Annie Fisher wrote:
‘The competition inspired a range of witty, imaginative and sometimes philosophical entries, referencing all manner of things, from the workings of the United Nations to the breeding habits of rabbits. After much agonising, I plumped for the following, which seemed to me to relate well to the punning title, and worked on several levels’:
First Prize of £50: James Johnson*
‘You don’t have to be an Einstein’, chortled Albert.
We laughed politely. For once, we knew what he meant.
Second Prize – a meal for 2 at the City Gate: Ian Royce Chamberlain
They gawp at you as you expound the workings of that famous mc2
but when you look around, your dining table’s all empty chairs
*When we contacted him by email, we were surprised to discover that ‘James Johnson’ was a nom de plume of Ian Beech, who is therefore winner of the competition for the second successive year!