“Winning one of the Highly Commended Prizes at Bridport 2016 was a thrill and delight. I felt honoured and humbled to be among the roll call of your prestigious competition. To know that so many people from so many countries are sitting at their desks writing from their heads and hearts is such a tremendous salute to our great literary international community in a world riven by division and war. To join you from Ireland for your Winners Award day was a joy.
"Most importantly, to have had the intellect, talent and grace of such a remarkable poet as Patience Agbabi choosing the winners was an amazing feeling and a massive confidence boost.
"Your organisers and administration are second to none in making your participating writers feel respected, honoured and celebrated. I applaud and commend you."
Eilis Stanley (IRL) – highly commended, Poetry competition 2016