Poetry awards for Hatfield retiree

PUBLISHED: 09:43 21 May 2018

Prize-winning poet Robert Harrison with his medals and his book. Picture: Mia Jankowicz

Prize-winning poet Robert Harrison with his medals and his book. Picture: Mia Jankowicz

Mia Jankowicz

A Hatfield man has been showered with plaudits after three of his works were recognised in a national poetry competition.

Retired biology teacher Robert Harrison, 84, turned his hand to the art of poetry 20 years ago, and hasn’t looked back.

Three poems he entered into the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts received medals for second and third place, as well as a distinction.

“It’s traditional poetry, so it has to have rhyme and things like that,” said Robert.

The three poems, “The Questions”, “The Wallflower at the Dance”, and “Have Courage” all attracted positive comments from the judges.

“You affected me in your writing, Robert,” said one judge, about “The Questions”.

Robert, who lives in Old Leys, has also written a Christmas carol called “The Pathway to Heaven”, inspired by the life of John Bunyan, which he is hoping someone will volunteer to set to music.

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