Anthology 2017

“Celebrating Contemporary Life”

As with last year’s brilliant Writing Local | Thinking Global anthology, this year’s festival again featured a creative writing competition – specifically aiming to champion the diverse voices of our community:

  Free Entry
£250 Cash Prize
Judged by Benjamin Zephaniah

Over 300 submissions to the Ordinary People : Exceptional Lives competition were received, all of an extremely high calibre. 37 entries were chosen to feature in this year’s anthology, freely distributed at the festival and to all 17 Borough libraries.

We are delighted to offer this year’s anthology for download:

We are delighted to announce that the £250 cash was won by:


for her poem ‘You Contain Oceans’

Congratulations to all of those – listed below – published in this year’s anthology. We will be making an eBook available for free download, shortly.