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  • Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and St Petrocs are pleased to announce a winner of “The Poet’s Pen”, a project developed in partnership. Businesses and individuals across Cornwall took part, engaging employees, colleagues, clients, friends, and families in submitting poems.

    Poems were written considering the theme of Home.  During this last year, many of us have transformed our homes into offices, gyms and classrooms. We have all had to adapt to the new ‘normal’ or as we could now call it, the ‘current’. Each of us have all had a unique experience based on our individual circumstances, but what we all have had in common is that we have a place to call home. Therefore, ‘Home’ was chosen as the theme to run throughout the competition.

    Poems were submitted from a broad range of businesses in Cornwall, from Coodes, to A&P. The project has been able to celebrate the diverse and rich business community in Cornwall and also helped raise awareness of some of the challenges faced by the community in Cornwall as we leave lockdowns and enter a post-Covid19 world.

    Isabel Aruna of University of Exeter’s poem ‘Pieces’ was selected as the competition winner after careful consideration through shortlisting and judging. Margie Ricardo’s poem ‘Home.’ came second, Laura Steen’s poem ‘Sometimes Home is’ came third. Judges included, Kim Conchie CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Steve Ellis CEO of St Petrocs, Toni Eyriey of Business Cornwall Magazine, Sarah Whipp of Business Clusters and two professional poets, Amanda Barnsley White and Bert Biscoe.

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  • Judges included, Toni Eyriey of Business Cornwall Magazine, Kim Conchie CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Steve Ellis CEO of St Petrocs,  Sarah Whipp of Business Clusters and two professional poets, Amanda Barnsley White and Bert Biscoe.

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  • Find out more about Isabel Aruna's inspiration around her poem. Find out more about Isabel Aruna's inspiration around her poem.

  • Read the full winning poem here.

     

    The winning poems are set to be published across various channels to form a way of reaching wider audiences across Cornwall to extend these messages and ultimately to bring people together. 

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