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…of performances, readings and competitions, The Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. As well as the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, The Poetry Society runs the National

Peter Wallis

…winning poem on Radio 4’s Poetry Please (in the Gardeners’ World poetry competition) and the Richard Boswell Bowl, awarded by the National Poetry Foundation. He has had poems published in…

Joan Michelson

Poetry Competition, the Scottish International Open Poetry Competition, the Yorkshire Open Poetry Competition and the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition amongst others. She was the 2012 Crouch End Poet Laureate of…

Fran Lock

…of the 2014 Ambit Poetry Competition, the 2015 Out Spoken Poetry Prize, and the 2016 Yeats Poetry Prize. She won third prize and was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2014…

Rodney Pybus

…1st prize, Peterloo International Poetry Competition; major prizes in the National Poetry Competition and the Arvon International Poetry Competition. His latest poetry collection is Darkness Inside Out (Carcanet, 2012)….

Melanie Drane

…Melanie Drane is the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2005. Coming from Durham, North Carolina, she is the first international writer to win the competition. For many years…

Josephine Abbot

…Josephine Abbott, who won third place in the National Poetry Competition 2013, was born in Manchester, studied Latin and English Language at Sheffield University and now lives in Derby, where she has…

Ruth Padel

National Poetry Competition. She is Poetry Fellow at King’s College London, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Council Member for the Zoological Society of London. Ruth won the…

Sally Goldsmith

…including two Sony Radio Awards. She is currently working on a script in verse for the Crucible Theatre. Her poem, ‘Thaw’, was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012….

Robert Saxton

…Memorial Association’s poetry prize for ‘The Nightingale Broadcasts’. He has won commendations in recent years in the National Poetry Competition, the Poetry London Competition and the Troubadour Poetry Competition….

Paula Bohince

…Paula Bohince, who won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is the author of two poetry collections, both from Sarabande: The Children and Incident at the Edge of Bayonet…

Joanne Key

…of life, water, landscapes and ideas of imaginary worlds. She has yet to publish a first collection. She won second prize in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Jo Shapcott

…Jo Shapcott won the National Poetry Competition in 1985 and 1991. Her collections include: Electroplating the Baby (1988), which won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, Phrase…

Kristiina Ehin

…Kristiina Ehin is one of Estonia’s leading poets and is known throughout Europe for her poetry and short stories. She has an MA in Comparative and Estonian Folklore from…

John Lyons

…Peterloo Poets Afro-Caribbean and Asian prize; a commendation in the National Poetry Competition, and in the Peterloo Poetry Competition. His latest collections are Cook-Up in a Trini Kitchen (Peepal Tree,…

Eliot North

…2014 and has appeared in Firewords Quarterly. She is currently looking to publish her first poetry pamphlet Suture Lines. She was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Matt Barnard

…Poems competitions in 2006, and his poem was ‘Learning Magic’ was selected for Poetry News  Members’ Poems competition in 2015. In 2015, he also won the Ink Tears national short story competition

Sarah Howe

…Hall. In 2015-16, she will be based at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard.  Sarah was a Poetry Society Young Poet of the Year in 2000, and judged the 2015 National Poetry Competition….

Helen Dunmore

…Helen Dunmore is the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2009. She was born in Yorkshire and studied at the University of York. She has published ten poetry collections,…

Denise Bennett

…Denise Bennett has an MA in creative writing (poetry) and teaches FE classes in this subject. She won the Havant Literary Festival poetry competition in 2014 and the Hastings…

Sophie Fenella Robinski

…Patchwork Paper, and leads workshops on writing and performing poetry for all ages. Sophie was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day…

Chris Agee

…Contemporary Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe, 1998, Poetry Book Society Recommendation), Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (Irish Pages, 2003), The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland (Wake Forest University…

Mike Barlow

…Mike Barlow won the 2006 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Third Wife’. He won the Ledbury Competition in 2005 and the Amnesty International competition in 2002. His…

Peter Daniels

…Ballad of Captain Rigby (Personal Pronoun, 2013). He has won several prizes: first prize in the 2010 TLS Poetry Competition, the 2010 Ver Poets Competition, the 2008 Arvon competition, the…

Charles Evans

…Life and several anthologies, and he has won awards in local and national poetry competitions. Evans won second prize and was also commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. …

Caroline Carver

…Caroline Carver’s work is influenced by her earlier life in Bermuda, Jamaica and Canada. She won the National Poetry Competition in 1998 and was commended in the National Poetry

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

…Carolyn Jess-Cooke, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is a poet and novelist from Belfast. Her fiction is published in 22 languages and her second poetry collection BOOM!,…

Jason Watts

…Plough Prize (short poem) in 2007, and ‘Mouse Skeleton’ was commended in the 2002 National Poetry Competition. The latter poem was also selected by Don Paterson for inclusion in Ten…

Gareth Writer-Davies

…Gareth Writer-Davies won the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition in 2017. He’s previously been Commended in the Prole Laureate Competition, the Welsh Poetry Competition and the Sherborne Open Poetry Competition….

Zaffar Kunial

…in the National Poetry Competition  with ‘Hill Speak’. With Steve Ely, Denise Riley and Warsan Shire, he contributed to The Pity, a series of new poems commissioned and published by…

Elaine Gaston

…Elaine Gaston, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is from Ireland’s north coast. She has been published by Blackstaff Press and Peterloo Poets, and in many poetry journals including…

Claire Dyer

…Holloway, University of London and teaches creative writing for Bracknell & Wokingham College. In 2015, Claire won the Torriano Poetry Competition, was joint winner of the Bath Short Poem competition,…

Paul Nemser

…Boston University School of Law. He lives with his wife Rebecca in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Harborside, Maine.  He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2014….

Sinéad Morrissey

…due in May 2017. Her awards include first place in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Through the Square Window‘ (2007), a Lannan Literary Fellowship (2007), the…

Geraldine Clarkson

…of Contemporary British Prose Poetry (Cinnamon Press). She was a Writers’ Centre Norwich Escalator winner in 2011 and she was shortlisted in the Arvon International Poetry Competition in 2010. A…

Mary Jean Chan

…Mary Jean Chan won the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2016 (ESL), and has been shortlisted for the London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016, the Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2016…

Emma Danes

…Emma Danes’ pamphlet Dress of Shadows was a winner in the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition 2012/13. Her poems have won the Hamish Canham Prize and the Poetry

Pam Job

…Pam Job is a member of Colchester Stanza group and has been writing poetry for about eight years. She has won awards in several national poetry competitions, winning the…

Alice Oswald

…for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award. She has worked on several commissions for The Poetry Society, including for Painting Paradise and National Poetry Day. In 2017 her collection Falling Awake (Jonathan Cape, 2016) won…

Steve Ely

…Pity commissions were premiered live at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day, 2014, accompanied by background visuals by Robert Peake. The poems are now available as…

Luke Kennard

…2012 to critical acclaim and his fifth collection, Cain was published in June 2016 by Penned in the Margins. His literary criticism has appeared in the TLS, Poetry London and The National. Luke Kennard…

Carole Bromley

…winner in the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition. She has two pamphlets, Unscheduled Halt (2004) and Skylight (2009) and a full-length collection, A Guided Tour of the Ice House…

Gillian Allnutt

…Philosophy and English at Cambridge, and then spent the next seventeen years living mostly in London.  From 1983 to 1988 she was poetry editor of City Limits magazine. Her collections…

Marianne Burton

…and Sunday Times, and been featured on Radio Four’s Poetry Please. She has won prizes in the Bridport, Cardiff, Mslexia, and TLS poetry competitions. She lives in the Welland Valley and London….

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

…Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2011. Her second collection, Not in These Shoes, was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2009. Her third…

Jon Stone

…Jon Stone, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009 and 2011, is the co-creator of small press Sidekick Books and arts journal Fuselit. His pamphlet, Scarecrows, was published by…

Beverley Nadin

…2014. Her poems have appeared in PN Review, The Rialto, Magma, and Stand, and in other magazines and anthologies. She was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Dominic McLoughlin

…Dominic McLoughlin was placed second in the National Poetry Competition 2005. He teaches in the faculties of continuing education at Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Sussex…

Malcolm Watson

…Malcolm Watson was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. He was awarded First Prize in the 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition. He was also shortlisted for the 2012…

J.P. Nosbaum

…J.P. Nosbaum was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He received an MA in Creative Writing from UEA in 2000 and has published poems in Modern Poetry in…

James Berry

…James Berry is a Jamaican poet who settled in England in the 1940s. He won the 1981 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Fantasy of an African Boy’. He…

Roddy Lumsden

…works as a puzzle and quiz writer, and as a compiler and editor of popular reference books. He was a judge for The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Glyn Maxwell

…Daughter, for which he wrote the libretto, was nominated for Best New Opera at the Olivier Awards. He was a judge for The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Colette Bryce

…Colette Bryce is an Irish poet currently based in the North East of England. She won the National Poetry Competition in 2003. Her collections include The Full Indian Rope…

Carol Ann Duffy

…including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the Forward Prize. She won the 1983 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Whoever She Was’. Her poetry is studied…

Zoë Skoulding

…English at Bangor University. She was shortlisted for the The Poetry Society’s Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2013, and a judge for the National Poetry Competition 2014….

Sarah Roby

…and I (Templar Poetry, 2013), won the national iSHOT Award. Sarah is a recipient of a writer’s award from Arts Council England. She also secured a hat trick in the…

Warsan Shire

…were premiered live at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day, 2014, accompanied by background visuals by Robert Peake. The poems are now available as a book,…

Jo Bell

…fleet of historic narrowboats and acting as director of National Poetry Day for six years. Born in Sheffield, Jo grew up on the fringes of the Derbyshire Peak District. She…

Sue Leigh

…Carcanet Press). Her poem ‘Scrimshaw’ was broadcast on Poetry Please (BBC Radio 4) in 2012. She won the BBC Radio 3 Proms Poetry Competition, 2014. She lives in Oxfordshire….

Suzanna Fitzpatrick

…the 2013 Hippocrates Prize and the 2012 Poetry London and 2011 South Bank Poetry competitions, came second in the 2010 Buxton Competition, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport, Frogmore, and…

Judith Wilkinson

…Judith Wilkinson is a British poet and translator, concentrating on contemporary Dutch and Flemish poetry. Her first collection of translations from the work of Marian Van hee, Instead of…

Chris McCabe

…Chris McCabe was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2013. His collections include The Hutton Inquiry, Zeppelins and THE RESTRUCTURE and he has recorded…

Esther Morgan

…three collections of poetry, all with Bloodaxe. Her first, Beyond Calling Distance (2001) won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize….

Richard Scott

…Richard Scott was born in London in 1981 and was educated at The Royal College of Music, The Faber Academy and Goldsmiths College, London. His poetry has been published…

And Poetry?

…What are you selling? Nothing. Poetry? Imagine a shaved monk, begging bowl in cupped hands, offering up   like a gift, a free gift. Nothing, clear as water,…

Sarah Maguire

…Sarah Maguire was born in West London in 1957. She has edited two anthologies, A Green Thought in a Green Shade: Poetry in the Garden (2000), for The Poetry

National Park

“I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” -Aldo Leopold The prairie is contained within a rough sketch of mountain, its trees whistling…

In the National Palace Museum, Taiwan

Here in this entrepreneurial State they work in night markets and evening school. A Ming porcelain bowl shows Dragon Gate, where a carp rises from a cobalt pool…

Tony Harrison

…the Gorgon, the inaugural PEN Pinter Prize in 2009 and the David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2015. He won the 1980 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Timer’….

Tom Weir

…a founder member of AFC Wimbledon and still eagerly awaits the call to become their first poet laureate.  He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2014….

Anne Pierson Wiese

…Floating City (2007) won the Walt Whitman Award. She also won second prize in the 2004 Arvon International Poetry Competition and was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008….

David Hart

…David Hart has won several major prizes, including the National Poetry Competition 1994 and the Common Ground/Blue Nose Poets Field Days competition. His poems were published in 1999 as…

Jill Munro

…Jill Munro has been widely published in poetry magazines and long-listed three times for the National Poetry Competition. Her first collection Man from La Paz was published in 2015…

Stephen Knight

…novel, Mr Schnitzel, was published in 2000. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 1987 and won the National Poetry Competition in 1992. He won the 2003 Times Literary Supplement/Blackwells…

Ian McEwen

…Ian McEwen, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011, is a charity trustee, philosophy tutor and treasurer of Magma Poetry. Many magazines have published his poems and The Stammering…

Megan Beech

…Megan Beech was the winner of the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors national youth slam 2011. She has performed at venues including the Southbank Centre, Latitude and Glastonbury Festivals and the…

Sheila Hillier

National Poetry Competition in 2006 and she won the Hamish Canham Poetry Prize in 2009. Her first collection, A Quechua Confession Manual, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2010….

Carole Satyamurti

…anthologised, and has won numerous awards, including first prize in the National Poetry Competition, 1986, and a Cholmondeley Award in 2000. She was joint winner of the inaugural Roehampton Poetry

John Stammers

…Society Choice. Stammers’s third collection, Interior Night (Picador), was published in 2010. He won third prize in the National Poetry Competition 2009 for his poem ‘Mr Punch in Soho’….

Jane Yeh

…Jane Yeh was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. Her collection, Marabou (2005),  was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and…

Peter Kahn

…Peter Kahn was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He is a founding member of the London poetry collective Malika’s Kitchen and the founder of the Chicago branch….

Leah Larwood

…Leah Larwood’s short fiction and poetry has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2014 and 2015) and the National Poetry Competition (2015). She has an MA in Creative Writing…

Mark Pajak

…in Residence at Ilkley Literature Festival and his poem ‘Spitting Distance’ won first prize in the Bridport Prize.  He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Neil Rollinson

…Demolition, all published by Cape and Poetry Book Society Recommendations. In 1997, he won the National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Constellations’. He won a Cholmondeley Award in 2005….

Matthew Sweeney

…is co-author, with John Hartley Williams, of Writing Poetry and co-editor, with Jo Shapcott, of the anthology Emergency Kit. He was joint second in the National Poetry Competition 2010….

Gabriel Akamo

…Gabriel Akamo won The Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors UK competition in 2012 and since then has written and performed for various events, including opening ‘Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair’…

Pascale Petit

…Pascale Petit was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012. Her sixth collection Fauverie was shortlisted for the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize. Five poems from the book won the…

David Kennedy

…Review and Stand. He has published three of his own poetry collections with Salt. He won third prize in the 2007 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Encore, Mr Fox!’….

Andy Jackson

…of the National Galleries of Scotland competition in 2008 and the inaugural Baker Prize in 2012. He was editor of Split Screen: poetry inspired by film & television, published in…

Kevin Patrick McCarthy

…Ticket, vox poetica, and other publications. He is also a dramatist, essayist, geologist, and fourth-generation Coloradan. locuto.com. He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2014….

Roger Philip Dennis

…1985 Arvon Foundation Apprenticeship-Scheme for a novel led to work editing. He continues writing fiction alongside poetry. He won first prize in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014. www.rogerdennisart.com. …

James Harpur

…(2007) won the 2009 Michael Hartnett Award. Other prizes and bursaries include the National Poetry Competition 1995, two Arts Council of Ireland Bursaries, a Society of Authors Bursary, an Eric…

Helen Klein Ross

…Helen Klein Ross was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011. She is a former copywriter and has written hundreds of ads for household products. She lives in New…

Graham Mort

…two Duncan Lawrie prizes in the Arvon Foundation International Poetry competition and a Poetry Book Society recommendation. His latest book of poems, published by Seren in 2011, is Cusp….

Fanny Howe

…Come and See (2011). Her most recent poetry collection, Second Childhood (2014), was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2001 and 2005, Howe was shortlisted for the Griffin…

Denise Riley

…the First World War. The Pity commissions were premiered live at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day, 2014, accompanied by background visuals by Robert Peake. The…

Serena Cooke

…Farewell SWITCH celebration evening. Serena was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014. She is also a winner of the…

Carolyn Forché

…Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992, she received the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum. In 2013, Forché received the Academy…

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