Ormskirk Writers' & Literary Society - OWLS - was established in 1963 by Dora Doyle to promote local writers. Founder member Ron Bartholomew contributed to the Waverly Encyclopaedias and was widely published in Practical Mechanics Magazine. A successful playwright, he opened his house to us for weekly meetings and served us with tea and home made cakes for many years. As Otis lifts Chief Engineer he also designed the press button control boxes used in lifts to this day. ALT="Ormskirk Writers' & Literary Society">

Saturday, 13 December 2008


Alison Chisolm, Judge of competion, said she found it both a privilege and a very responsible task to be chosen as our adjudicator and was very pleased to be back with friends in OWLS. She looked for 5 main elements when judging and they are as follows.

1. An inspired idea with originality.

2. Vivid concrete images.

3. Technical accomplishment

4. Thorough revision.

5. Ultra memorable.

She then read the 2 highly commended, one of whom came from Lytham.

3rd was Roger Elkin Staffs. “Putting Graham in the picture”

2nd was “Tea” by Anna Whitly from Cardiff

1ST was our own Carol Fenlon with “Lithopedion.”

Carol was duly presented with cheque and shield and as it was also her birthday we sang to her.

After the tea/coffee break Alison read the shortlisted poems discussing and answering questions regarding why they hadn’t made the top 5.

Footnote. Jo Cowell Competition judges are never allowed to know any entrant's identity until after the winner has been proclaimed.

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