Our competition has now closed, and we celebrated our winners, judges and highly commended entrants at our event, which has now passed.

We achieved over 7500 views of our page in a short period, several hundred entries and reached over 45 different countries viewing our site. Thank you to everyone who has competed, our wonderful Judges and Prize-givers.

Watch our Evening of Poetry for Social Justice 2021

Adult Competition:


Six Ways to Evade Censorship – David Hale

Beachcombing – Lizzy Lister

O Bethlehem – Wendy-Jane Walton

Highly Commended:

Barrel Bomb – Sue Johns

Displacement – Virginia Griem

Genesis – Sarah Key

Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha – Emmaline O’Dowd

Small Change – Anne Casey

Three Roses Lie Stranded – Jane Olive

Youth Competition:


Redacted account – Nizara Ziaudeen

Mankind – Edie Birtley

It’s Not Right – Charis Willis

Highly Commended:

Backwards – Charlie Bowden

Crisis is the Key Word – Maddie Dowling

Runaway Train – Olivia Griffiths

These are the Children – Amelia Peto

When Will My Body Be Mine? – Also Maddie Dowling (see above)

Will They Touch This? – Praniti Gulyani 

Many thanks,
The Reading Amnesty Poetry for Social Justice Team x 

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