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Words in Focus book tour

The book

Last year Surrey Libraries in partnership with Hurtwood Press and The Bluehouse Festival ran a poetry and landscape photography competition called ‘Word in Focus’.

We had an overwhelming response to the competition with over 160 poetry submissions and 140 photography submissions. We had a difficult task in shortlisting the entries for inclusion in our ‘Words in Focus’ book.

‘Words in Focus’ is an anthology of poetry and landscape photography featuring Surrey, all of the submissions are from Surrey residents or Surrey library members and offer an amazing showcase of our talented community.

The Words in Focus book itself is a high quality, with hand sewn binding, showcase book which has been printed on the finest archival paper which means that it won’t discolour or fade for more than 500 years!

Throughout 2017 the book has been undertaking a tour around our main town libraries. We are pleased to announce that this tour has now been extended into 2018. Forthcoming dates and locations are listed below:

Book tour locations and dates


A BIG thank you to all of our contributors:


Alix Lewer, Alwyn Marriage, Amanda Hodgekinson, Angela Watson, Anna Muller, Anne Humphreys, Audrey Ardern–Jones, B Bickerton, Barbara Holt, Barry Weedon, Bridgid Fayers, C G Peacock, Chris Byrne, David A Murray, David Cotton, Dominic Peter Bruce, Edward Williams, Elzabeth Wyatt, Frances Greenwood, Hazel Cooper, Heather Cook, Jean Rosemary Pearce Edwards, Jennifer Freeman-Jones, John Burr, John Looker, John Thater, Lesley North, Lorna D'Arcy, Louise Dorman, Marion Kemp, Mary Claremont, Matthew Savage, Maureen Osbourne, Nick Alldridge, Paul Hopkins, Pete Bickford, Peter Morley, Richard Jackman, Sally Batten, Susan Corfield, Suzanne Stronge, Trever Dunfold, Trisha Broomfield and Wendy Roberts.


Abigail McKern, Alex Flynn, Alison Parsons, Andy Hall, Aneta Talbot, Angela Whitby, Barbara Sarrionandia, Cara Dziegel, Colin Kemp, Ekvinder Popat, Graham Dash, Hugh Fairs, Ian Hunt, Jackie Newman, Joe Almond, Justine Ritchie, Lauren Craft, Luke Whatley Bigg (aged 12), Malcom Watson, Maria Llamero, Mat Ladley, Nicole Gradinaru, Orlande Mensink, Paul Hopkins, Pete Boyland, Peter Bailey, Peter Fennemore, Peter L Evans, Richard Jackman, Sally Batten, Stephen Belcher, Steve Mantell, Sue Whyte and Utsa Mukherjee.