The Scotia

The Oldest Pub in Glasgow, Est. 1792

Scotia Poet Laureate Competition 2010

This year's competition was even more highly contested than last year's inaugural event with over thirty entrants all vying to be The Scotia's Poet laureate for a year. The competition was spread over three heats with three from heat one and two and four from heat three going through to the final on Tuesday 7th September.
The heats were very kindly judged by John Savage, Gordon McInnes and Steve Redmond. In keeping with our tradition of maintaining the highest integrity for our competitions, we changed our judges for the final. The final was judged by Jean Rafferty, Jane Overton and last year's winner, Rab Wilson.
It was a nailbitingly exciting final as our ten poets performed for our judges and for the full house who had gathered for the event. The eventual winner was Jim Ferguson who delighted his audience with such gems as his surreal poem 'John Lennon's elbow .' It was a hard fought contest however and our judges gave special mentions to Ray Evans, Kathryn Baird and Tracey Patrick who all gave Jim a good run for the money.
Now all that is left is to look forward to next year's competition. If our first two years are anything to go by, year 3 will be bigger and better and the contest will be more fierce and even harder to win....perhaps now would be the time to start preparing !