The History of Janet Coats

Janet Coats was part of the renowned thread-making family, J&P Coats. The eldest daughter of Thomas Coats and Margaret Glen, her father was one of four brothers who inherited a Paisley-based thread manufacturing company that was renamed J&P Coats in 1830. She was also the wife of publisher, James Tait Black and Janet’s own literary aspirations resulted in two volumes of nature-inspired poetry, one of which was published as Verses and Rhymes, in 1899.

Inspired by Janet Coats and her legacy, we host an annual poetry prize for adults and young people. Shortlisted writers have their work published in our Janet Coats Memorial prize pamphlet and receive a reading at the annual prize giving event during the Festival itself. Winners of the prize are announced by the judging panel at the Award Ceremony and the winners receive a cash prize.

2023 Young Person’s Prize

Shortlisted Poets | Poems

2023 Adult Prize

Shortlisted Poets | Poems

Lucy Richards – There once was a woman, Rosa was her name (WINNER)

Muhammad Zulhizam – Goodbye

Erin McAleer – The words of the now

Luke Wilson – The Gloves of the Devil

Adam Howat – Hermit

Eilidh Cameron – Persevere (WINNER)

Martin GoldieAwful Confusion

Beth McDonoughThe Impatience of Angels

Kay JohnstonUpcycle Recycle

Caroline JohnstoneLean towards the light

Young Person’s Winner’s 2023

Adult Prize 2023