Charity win for local poet

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Lancashire poet Kate Horsley has clinched the top prize in a charity poetry competition.

The Lancaster-based poet was crowned the winner of the Adoption Matters Northwest (AMNW) competition at a special VIP awards event held at Gorton Monastery in Manchester.

The awards were hosted by Cheshire poet W. Terry Fox and were attended by supporters of the charity, including the Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester Coun Harry Lyons and writer Carol Fenlon.

Kate impressed the panel with her poem, ‘Rules for looking after Ian’, which beat competition from more than 200 entrants.

After winning the award, she said: “I am delighted to have won this prize, it is such an honour to have my poem read by so many established poets.”

Finalists from across the region also received prizes from some of the North West’s most renowned poets.

AMNW Chief Executive Norman Goodwin comments: “We hoped this competition would encourage more people to think about the issues around adoption and we are delighted with the amazing support we have received.

“Our thanks to all our sponsors and supporters including Gorton Monastery who provided such a wonderful venue for the event. Our special thanks to W. Terry Fox for hosting the event and to the panel of judges who made the difficult decision of choosing the winners.”

All winning and selected highly commended poems can be seen at