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My best balls-up would have to be a few weeks before I qualified.
I realised all of these old people had false teeth that were never maintained
by nursing homes. I was in Geriatrics, so went around the ward collecting teeth.
I spent an hour scrubbing at these teeth, put them all in a large washing-up bowl.
So I go on like this for ninety minutes and am really pleased with myself.
Then I realised. All these teeth were jumbled up, so I had to go around all
of these old dears saying, ‘Do you recognise these teeth?’ for the rest of the shift.
The next morning, I came in and the Matron had made wanted posters.

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Hannah is the first prize winner in the Poetry and Political Language Challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the Orwell Youth Prize. She is the second prize winner in the second Bloodaxe Archive challenge, about White Space, and is commended in the fourth Bloodaxe Archive challenge, Take Note. She is also the second prize winner in the 19-25 age category in the Turn Up the Volume challenge, and in the Keats challenge on Young Poets Network, part of The Poetry Society's celebrations of Keats's bicentenary in 2021.

Hannah is additionally a winner in the 2016 Young Poets Network August Challenge #2, as well as a commended poet in 2016 August Challenges #1 and #4 and in August Challenge #1: Conversation Poems in 2021. She is also commended in Young Poets Network's 10th anniversary challenge. She is a winner in the 2016 Behind the Curtain poetry challenge, in partnership with the V&A Museum, and the winner of the 2016 Even It Up Poetry Challenge in the 15-18 age category.
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Overheard in The White Cross Pub

Hannah Hodgson

My best balls-up would have to be a few weeks before I qualified.
I realised all of these old people had false teeth that were never maintained
by nursing homes. I was in Geriatrics, so went around the ward collecting teeth.
I spent an hour scrubbing at these teeth, put them all in a large washing-up bowl.
So I go on like this for ninety minutes and am really pleased with myself.
Then I realised. All these teeth were jumbled up, so I had to go around all
of these old dears saying, ‘Do you recognise these teeth?’ for the rest of the shift.
The next morning, I came in and the Matron had made wanted posters.