Poetry Competition Winner - Chair of NETA, Gordon Doney, presents Poppy Crossland with her Certificate and Book Token

NETA Power of Words poetry competition 2022

We received 30 superb entries for our inaugural competition. The judges, Sue Spencer and Lynn Potter, were impressed with all entries and enjoyed the challenging task of judging the entries. Sue Spencer commented “There were some amazing entries and there was a high standard. In the end there was no doubt about the winner and we were impressed with the highly commended poems and hope that this can both raise awareness of NETA, poetry and aphasia”. We are delighted to announce our winner, Poppy Crossland for her poem entitled “Reading the letters I wrote to myself from Hell”. Poppy will receive a £100 book token. Poppy has always loved poetry and has come to know about the work which NETA does, through a friend who is studying Speech and Language Therapy at Newcastle University. Learning more about SLT has given Poppy a different outlook to use in her writing, especially the poem entered into the competition.

Sue and Lynn have also nominated two Highly Commended poems. These are “The Word as Fugitive” by Mary-Jane Holmes “Truce” by Michael Brown Many many congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who entered. Thanks too to our expert judges for their time, care and expertise.

We hope to be able to share the entries as an anthology, to continue to raise awareness of NETA, of aphasia and, indeed, of the Power of Words.

Our Judges Sue Spencer is a former nurse and a retired academic – her connection to poetry started in 2003 with a chance encounter with Julia Darling in the Percy Building at Newcastle University. Since then, she has grown to believe in the power of poetry reading and writing to promote new insights into professional practice/patient experience in health care.