Norfolk’s Lennon contest poet misses out

A Norfolk writer has missed out on the top prize after taking part in the finals of a national competition honouring ex-Beatle John Lennon.

David Mason and his wife Helen headed from North Walsham to Liverpool for Saturday's Lennon Poetry Slam final.

He competed against 11 other performance poets at the city's Institute of Performing Arts, founded by Sir Paul McCartney.

The competition, organised by the Beatles Story museum, was among events marking Lennon's 70th-birthday year and the 30th anniversary of his murder in New York.

After the contest, Mrs Mason said her 50-year-old husband had not been chosen as the winner.

She said: 'Sadly he didn't manage to win it. But it was a good event. It was quite competitive and a good standard.

'He was one of only 12 finalists from up to 700 entrants from across the world. He gave two very strong performances.'

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The humorous poem which earned him a place was called Lennon's Lenses, inspired by the ex-Beatle's iconic round spectacles; a style also worn by Mr Mason. It ends with a sung verse to the tune of the Lennon-penned classic, Woman.

Mr Mason also performed a second, serious, poem he has written about Lennon called On the Street Where you Live.