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Thursday, July 20, 2023

David takes the Cafe Writers

Normally, David Mohan wins a major competition of some sort every few weeks, or so it seems. Out of the class of Poetry Introductions Ireland 2010, he always seemed the most likely of us to be destined for greatness and his list of publications and successes leaves mere mortals gaping.
Anyway, he's only after doing it again -

I’m delighted to announce the results of the Café Writers 2011 Poetry Competition. 2146 poems were entered in total. The full results are:

1st David Mohan, Dublin Wildfire £1000

2nd John Whitworth, Canterbury The Burnt Child £300
3rd Wes Lee, New Zealand Surgery Dog £150
Commended £50 each

Angela Readman, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hunting Elmer Fudd
Frances-Anne King, Bath When colour Left the World
Corrinna Toop, Aylesbury Siren
Alan Hill, Edinburgh Mémorial Des Deportations
Mir Mahfuz Ali, Kingston-Upon-Thames The Day God was Angry

Norfolk Prize £100
Merle Colborne, Norwich Fish Dancing in Desert

Funniest Poem £100 Claudine Toutoungi, Cambridge Piss Pot

The prize-giving will take place at our event on February 13th. It begins at 7.30 and there will be a reading by our judge Pascale Petit. The venue is Take 5 17 Tombland, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1HF.
Congratulations to all the winners and a huge and a huge thanks to everyone who entered. The competition is vital to our ongoing programme and we will again be looking to increase the number and level of prizes in recognition of your loyalty.

My own two entries, of course, remain among the 2136...


  1. But check out the Plough Competition results. Listed!! Well done.

  2. Thanks very much Peter - you're very generous as always. Congratulations to you on a brilliant year last year (hello Mr Forward poem of the year nominee!) and I have no doubt you'll have another big year in 2012.

  3. David, many thanks - wish I shared your optimism!