Ottery St Mary Creative Writing Competition

The Ottery St Mary Writers’ Group were delighted at the excellent response they had received to their Creative Writing Competition. They received over 300 entries which came from all over Britain.  After considerable reflection, the judges thought that Helen Gaen’s poem skilfully tackled the distressing subject of dementia with a touch of humour. She was awarded first prize in the poetry category.

Helen is a former civil servant and editor. She is currently working on her own collection of poems and short stories, alongside  a children’s novel. She has previously has some of her work published in the small press. Helen is a young, very active retiree, who loves reading, the cinema, walking and swimming.

First Prize winner- Memory Tricks by Helen Gaen