Meredith Andrea wins 2017 Proms Poetry Competition

Meredith Andrea
Meredith Andrea

Jacob Polley, Ian McMillan and The Poetry Society Director Judith Palmer have announced the winners of the 2017 Proms Poetry competition for poems inspired by this year’s Proms season.

Meredith Andrea‘s winning poem ‘Giving Birth to Monteverdi’ was inspired by Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Meredith’s poem ‘The Lunatic Cure‘ was a winner of the Poetry News Members’ Poems Competition in 2007.

The joint runners-up are both Poetry Society Members. Jane Lovell‘s ‘Beloved’ was inspired by Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil. Jane was second in the Bare Fiction Poetry Prize this year, and Longlisted in the Cinnamon Debut Poetry Collection prize. Isabel White‘s ‘Valedictory for Max’ was inspired by Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies. Isabel has two published collections and has won several poetry prizes.

In the young persons’ category, Emily Hana is the winner for ‘The Planets in Love’ inspired by Holst, and the runners-up are Cia Mangat for ‘Scheherazade’ inspired by Rimsky Korsakov, and Annie Fan for ‘On Wholeness’ inspired by John Adams’ Harmonium.

Emily was Best Young Writer in the inaugural National Memory Day poetry competition 2017, and the Ashton Keynes Landmarks poetry competition 2017. Annie was the winner of £1,000 second prize in the 2017 Christopher Tower poetry competition. Cia performed on Cerys Matthews’ 6Music Show and Dhaljit Nagra’s BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Blast’ this year. All three are previous Foyle Young Poet competition winners. 

The winning poems were broadcast on Radio 3 on 7 September as a Proms Extra event with an audience at Imperial College. Available to download at

8 September 2017