Suffolk's Own Eisteddfod

Chief Skalds of Suffolk 2016-2017

Congratulations to all the contestants for the 2016 festival, whose impressive talent made the judges' jobs so hard. The winner of the poetry section, with a very personal work about a phoenix-resurrection, was Beverley Price. The winner of the story section, with a tale of trickery at a golf course, was Rachel O'Leary. As none of the competitors this year were first-time performers, the Matt Kimpton Award was not given.

Chief Skalds of Suffolk 2015 ~ 2016

Congratulations to all the contestants for the 2015 festival, who told some excellent stories and poems. The winner of the Poetry Section, with a lively ballad about Melusine and her unfortunate (though magical) marriage to Raymond, was Emmalena Louise Ellis. The Chief Storyteller, with a tale about Ceridwen and Gwion Bach, was Marion Leeper. The Kimpton Award for the most promising performer went to Josh Harris, and his rendition of the Macha's foot race.

 

Chief Skalds of Suffolk 2014 ~ 2015

Congratulations to all the contestants for the 2014 festival, who told a great array of stories and poems. The winner of the Poetry Section, with an emotive work about a destructive relationship, was Beverley Price (who had previously won the award in 2012). The Chief Storyteller, with a tale about the moon goddess's descent into a watery underworld, was Rachel O'Leary. The Kimpton Award for the most promising performer went to Fiona Dowson, and her version of the saga of Grendel's Mother.

Chief Skalds 2012 - 2013

Congratulations to all the contestants for the 2012 festival, who demonstrated such a high standard of skill and talent. The winner of the Poetry Section, with some very personal and emotively charged poetry was Beverley Price. The winner of the Storytelling Section, with a brand new tale of the lazy giant Tom Hickathrift, was Fiona Symonds. 

Chief Skalds of Suffolk 2013 ~ 2014

Congratulations to all the contestants for the 2013 festival, who demonstrated such a high standard of skill and talent. The winner of the Poetry Section, with a humorous and cautionary poem about a wealthy man was Jennifer Liddle. The winner of the Storytelling Section, with a saga about a bear, a mouse and a depressed fairy, was Alex Mcleary. Congratulations also go to the first winner of the new Kimpton Award (named after the late Matt Kimpton) for Most Promising Performer, which went to Greg McDowell for two poems inspired by Ancient Briton. See our photo album for the scenes of triumph!

Chief Skald of Suffolk 2011 ~ 2012

Congratulations to all the contestants for the 2011 festival, who exhibited a high standard of skill and talent. The winner, with two excellent short tales (one of death haunting the streets of Ipswich, the other of two ill-fated lovers whose deaths magically transform a tree), was Malcolm Busby.

Chief Skald of Suffolk 2010 ~ 2011

Congratulations to all the contestants for the 2010 inaugural festival, who exhibited a high standard of skill and talent. The winner, with an excellent tale of two ambitious rivals from Diss, who conquer West Stow and defeat its wolf guardian, was Matt Kimpton.

Pictures to follow!