"Three budding poets have been selected as the winners of the Translink Smart Movers Poetry competition. Translink teamed up with Poetry NI to run a competition to coincide with National Poetry Writing Month which encouraged passengers to tap into their inner poet, sit back, relax and perfect their poetic prose while onboard bus, coach or train services.
"The competition challenged all amateur and professional poets to try writing their own poem whilst drawing inspiration from their travels with Translink, using the themes of Smart Moves, Destinations and Sustainability. Translink and Poetry NI received over 140 poem entries and three winners were selected: Peter Adair, Emma McKervey and Elisabeth Öhlböck."
Peter Adair, from Bangor, was our first winner with 'Long Journey'. Peter describes his poem as "a word journey, imagined, but Belfast Central would be the ideal setting for a brief or long encounter."
Emma McKervey, from Holywood, won week two with her poem ‘Leaving the Holywood Halt for Bangor.’ Emma’s poem was inspired by the train journey between Holywood and Bangor.
Elisabeth Öhlböck, from South Belfast, was week three's wiiner with ‘Friendship is Hope.’ Elisabeth’s poem was inspired by her journey on the Metro 5 bus, crossing Queen’s Bridge.
Each winner received travel vouchers and ten copies each of their broadsides, which will also be distributed by Poetry NI's Pen Points Press throughout Northern Ireland.