Poems are published

A CODNOR poet is celebrating having two of her latest works published in anthologies, after applying to a competition she spotted in the News.

Rokia Brown, of Lindale Drive in the village, entered her surreal poem Magic Winter into a national contest, which gave people the chance of having her work published in the National Poetry Anthology 2012, soon to be available in all good book stores.

And her poem, which Rokia says is an ‘appreciation of nature’ harking back to pre-Christian days, impressed competition judges at United Press, who chose to feature it among 250 other poets in the book.

And in a double success, the Codnor mum-of-three and chairman of the Codnor Castle Preservation Trust, has learned another poem, Mr Blackbird, is to feature in a book collection called Uplifting Moments by the same publishers.

Rokia, pictured with advanced copies of both books, said: “I saw the competition in the Ripley and Heanor and I thought - well it’s not going to cost me anything, so why not submit some of my poems!”