The Percy French prize (or the humorous verse section of the Strokestown Poetry Festival) shortlist has been announced. Seven names, so one assumes that someone has been nominated for two poems. All I know, it isn't me!
The very dry-witted Martin Parker from Devon is in there again - that's his third year on the trot to be nominated. Dee Gaynor, who was shortlisted at the festival last year, is back again, so hopefully she'll be able to make it over as well. No sign of Sean Lyons, who won for the past two years. I heard he was working on other projects and of course he's involved with Listowel week, so maybe there's a chance now for the rest of us!
I was fortunate enough to be shortlisted again, that's five years out of six now. In fact it's six poems in six years as I had two nominated last year. I was particularly happy that my other two entries were amongh the six 'nearly-made-its.' Festival takes place on the May Bank Holiday weekend.