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    [post_content] => Shirley Cottrell’s diary extract, Tuesday 17th April 1945: “To see Fantasia in afternoon with Mummy”.

Mother, we are firing
silent rounds at the enemy, 
bullets they cannot see
and don’t even know exist.

Mother, we conceal weapons
inside our skulls,
fuel them with rations,
save lives abroad.

We are fighting
just like the men, Mother, 
you have so much
to be proud of.

Mummy, I hope you enjoyed Fantasia
as much as I did.
Much love,
Shirley.
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            [wpcf-summary-description] => This poem is commended in the Bletchley Park poetry challenge on Young Poets Network (YPN).

So Mayer, who wrote and judged the challenge, said, “Sampling the diary of a Bletchley Park veteran, this poem imagines the erasures behind the short entry with its compressed sense of family and fantasy. Conjuring strong feelings in precise images and compact stanzas, this is a poem to be proud of.”
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            [title] => Hannah Hodgson
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            [content] => Hannah Hodgson is a poet with a life limiting illness. Her debut collection is due from Seren in February 2022, and her New Poets Prize winning pamphlet is to be published  by The Poetry Business in June 2022. Find more of her through her website, and Twitter. 

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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    [forename] => 
    [surname] => 
    [title] => Hannah Hodgson
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    [content] => Hannah Hodgson is a poet with a life limiting illness. Her debut collection is due from Seren in February 2022, and her New Poets Prize winning pamphlet is to be published  by The Poetry Business in June 2022. Find more of her through her website, and Twitter. 

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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When I tell you about my day

Hannah Hodgson

Shirley Cottrell’s diary extract, Tuesday 17th April 1945: “To see Fantasia in afternoon with Mummy”.

Mother, we are firing
silent rounds at the enemy,
bullets they cannot see
and don’t even know exist.

Mother, we conceal weapons
inside our skulls,
fuel them with rations,
save lives abroad.

We are fighting
just like the men, Mother,
you have so much
to be proud of.

Mummy, I hope you enjoyed Fantasia
as much as I did.
Much love,
Shirley.