Big in Guernsey

They used to have this phrase about obscure rock bands, that they were “big in Japan.” As of today, I’m big in Guernsey. They run this international poetry competition, Poems on the Move, where they post short poems inside buses, and at the airport. In 2010 I came third. Last year, second. and this year – second again. It’s an amazingly consistent run, and the judges were different every time. All three winning poems were sonnets, though they didn’t have to be (just under 20 lines, later restricted to 14). Even better, with the exception of the first, the successful poems were written in Guernsey, about Guernsey, and then submitted later. The last two times we spent the prize money (and more) on going to the island, to enjoy it, the sunshine and the literary festival. I’m thinking very hard about going back again…