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Judge: Graham Fulton

£500 First Prize

£200 Second Prize

£100 Third Prize

4x £50 prizes




Graham Fulton is a well-known figure on the Scottish poetry scene with 12 critically acclaimed full-length collections, and over fifteen pamphlet collections, to his name, many of which combine poetry, photography and illustration. His work has been widely published in magazines, anthologies, newspapers and online journals in Europe and the USA. He runs Controlled Explosion Press, an independent small press publisher in Scotland.

He's been writing poetry and performing poetry since 1987 when he joined the Paisley Writers' Group run by Tom Leonard, and was a founder member of the influential Itinerant Poets performance and publishing group which included Jim Ferguson and Bobby Christie.

His first major collection of poems was Humouring the Iron Bar Man published by Polygon in 1990, followed by Knights of the Lower Floors in 1994. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and Scottish Television.

He was on the editorial board of the important and popular West Coast Magazine in the early 1990s, and was joint winner of the prestigious Scotia Bar First of May Poetry Prize in 1992. He has also received three Scottish Arts Council bursaries.

Here, in order, are the winners of our 2018 poetry competition, who will feature in Laldy, Issue 2, as well as receiving the following cash prizes.



1st. Morag Anderson – The Heated Kitchen



2nd. Catherine Greenwood – Highland Cathedral



3rd. Gillian Mellor – High Dependency Unit



Commendations - **£50**

4th. David Hale – Burial Wester Ross

5th. Joel Faflak – In the Company of Strangers

6th. Morag Smith – The Chore

7th. Glen Wilson - Ribbons

Poetry Competition

"...there were certain chapters when I stopped writing, saw the domestic situation I was in and thought, "I don't want to face this world, let's get back to the one I'm imagining."

― Alasdair Gray