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Paisley Museum and Art Gallery is delighted to present the winners of the Joan Eardley Poetry Competition, together with work by Joan Eardley (1921-1963) from the collection to celebrate the artist's centenary year. The competition was held from May-July 2021 and over 50 poems were received. Thank you to everyone who entered. Huge congratulations to those entrants singled out by the judges. The quality of poems received was excellent, and the judges admired the poems below for their general technicality, approach and response to Eardley's life and work.


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All art works © the Eardley Estate.




Ryan Goodwin is a Paisley-born writer whose work was used as a cover for the town's 2021 UK City of Culture bid. He has also been published in the Paisley Poems zine and has twice been named Acumen Magazine's 'Young Poet of the Week'. Most recently, Ryan was found discussing the future of poetry and publishing at this year’s Paisley Book Festival.

Tracy Patrick lives and writes in Paisley. Her debut novel, Blushing is for Sinners (Clochoderick, 2019), was commended by the Saltire First Book of the Year Award judges and nominated one of the best books of 2019 in Scottish lit mag, The Bottle Imp. She has one poetry pamphlet, Wild Eye Fire Eye, and an upcoming poetry collection with Seahorse publications.

Helen Tookey is a poet and writer based in Liverpool, where she teaches creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University. She has published two poetry collections with Carcanet Press, Missel-Child (2014) and City of Departures (2019), and is working on a third, to be published by Carcanet next year. She has collaborated with writer and musician Martin Heslop on text and sound work developed from a residency in 2019 at the Elizabeth Bishop House in Great Village, Nova Scotia, some of which can be seen here She is also working on a creative non-fiction book about her engagement with the work of Malcolm Lowry and Elizabeth Bishop and, through them, with place and landscape.