Ballads for Reading Gaol – poems

These are the winning and commended poems from our Ballads for Reading Gaol poetry competition. Click on any poem to open it in a new window.

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition and to Stephen Moss, former literary editor of The Guardian for being our judge. We will publish video recitations of the two winning poems in due course.

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The Winners (adult and under 18)

Commended entries