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Campaigner wins 2002 Poetry Prize

by Amy Ford

The well known mental health activist and one of the founders of Survivors Speak Out, Peter Campbell won the 1st prize of 100 in the "Martha Robinson" Poetry Competition 2002 for his poem "To Willie Emslie". 2nd prize of 50 went to Philip Newhouse for "On the Side of the Lines" and 3rd place to Sophie Goodeve (25) for "Urbanity".

To avoid any bias, the names of all those who entered were kept from the judges, with each poem only identified by a number.

In total there were 71 poems entered from (ex) service users around the UK on different topics – but a great many were on mental health themes and in particular explored what it is like to live with a mental illness. The judging panel consisted of four volunteers from National Voices Forum and the professional poet Philip Kane.

Amy Ford, Competition Organiser