Wordsmith Helen looks at the lighter side of life

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 September 2012

Helen stood outside Somerset Skills & Learning with some of her postcards.

Helen stood outside Somerset Skills & Learning with some of her postcards.

SEAGULL poo and murky sea water are characteristics of Burnham lampooned in a town poet's prize-winning verse.

Helen Somers penned the light-hearted tribute to her home town in a Somerset poetry competition.

And after the Oxford Street resident’s poem came third in the contest, it will now be made into a postcard celebrating the town’s idiosyncrasies.

Helen, whose day job is as an activities co-ordinator for elderly people, said: “I have lived in Burnham all my live, as did my parents and my grandparents are buried here, so I feel experienced to see the funny side of my home town - but I do get very defensive when I hear others putting it down.”

The keen writer is part of the Writers in Somerset group, which meets fortnightly to exchange writing tips.

She is also in the editing phase of a novel, which she hopes will stir interest among publishers.

Helen’s poem postcard – commissioned by competition organisers Somerset Skills and Learning – is available from the organisation’s base in Princess Street, Hurleys book shop in the High Street, and the post office in Weston’s Alexandra Parade.

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