Caroline Griffin and Lawrence Illsley are winners in Write Out Loud's Beyond the Storm poetry competition in aid of NHS

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Caroline Griffin has won Write Out Loud’s Beyond the Storm poetry competition in aid of NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal with her poem ‘Occupation (Lockdown April 2020)’. At the same time ‘Corn Chandelier’ by Lawrence Illsley has been named the winner of the People’s Vote. On receiving the news Caroline said: "I'm absolutely thrilled that Andrew McMillan chose my poem. Thank you so much for all the hard work you’v...

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