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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