In collaboration with Brookes Wellbeing, the Poetry Centre recently ran a poetry competition on the themes of mental health and well-being to celebrate the creation of the new Wellbeing group, which incorporates the Chaplaincy, as well as the services of Counselling, Disability, and Dyslexia to enhance the learning, emotional, physical and spiritual life of the Oxford Brookes community.
The competition was open to the entire Brookes community - staff and students - and, while the general themes of the competition were mental health and well-being, we also welcomed original poems on other subjects such as nostalgia, memories, and childhood.
The judges were: Dr Niall Munro (Interim Director of the Poetry Centre), Dr Andrea Macrae (Senior Lecturer in Stylistics), Claire Cox (poet and Head of Business Development, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) and Marion Casey (Head of Wellbeing).
The judges were impressed by the rich array of talent within the Brookes community, and the many ways in which the poems conveyed sensitive subject matter with subtlety and craft.
The four placed poems appear below, as do the names of the poets who were shortlisted. The winning poets will be presented with their prizes in an event during Wellbeing Week (26-30 October 2015).