Brian Allgar


National Nut Day

She was crazy for nuts, was young Joan,
But they must be organically grown.
“Give me nuts!” she would rant, “Oh,
Untouched by Monsanto!”
I offered her two of my own.

Brian Allgar, although immutably English, has lived in Paris since 1982. He started entering Spectator and New Statesman competitions in 1967, but took a 35-year break, finally re-emerging in 2011 as a kind of Rip Van Winkle of the literary competition world. He also drinks malt whisky and writes music, which may explain his fondness for Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony.