Witch ghosts, duas and damaged women win this year’s Poetry London Clore Prize

Poetry London have announced the Poetry London Clore Prize winners for 2019.


1st Prize: Roger Bloor

‘The Ghost of Molly Leigh Pleads, Yes Cries for Exemplaire Justice Against The Arbitrary, Un-exampled Injustice of Her Accusers’

2nd Prize: Amaan Hyder


3rd Prize: Anita Pati


Highly Commended

Catherine Higgins-Moore: ‘I’d been waiting months’

Nicholas Murray: ‘WODGE’

Winners will be published in the Autumn issue of Poetry London, and on 23 October Judge Sasha Dugdale will present the Poetry London Clore Prize at Kings Place in Kings Cross N1, with readings from the prizewinners. More details and judge’s report at: http://poetrylondon.co.uk/.

Roger Bloor is a retired consultant psychiatrist, currently a student on the MA in Poetry Writing from Newcastle University studying at the Poetry School in London. He has been published in MagmaThe Hippocrates Prize Anthology 2017 and 2019, Affect Publications StillBorn and several anthologies. His pamphlet A Less Clear Dream was shortlisted for the Arnold Bennett Book Prize 2018, and his poetry book Aldgedeslegh was shortlisted for the Arnold Bennett Book Prize 2019. He is Poet in Residence 2018/19 at the historic award winning Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire.

Amaan Hyder‘s first collection of poems is At Hajj (Penned in the Margins, 2017). His pamphlet when it is beyond was shortlisted in The Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2018.

Anita Pati was born and raised in the North West of England but now lives in London. She has won the Wasafiri Prize for Poetry and most recently was a winner of the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize. Her forthcoming pamphlet is Dodo Provocateur, published by The Rialto later this year.

Catherine Higgins-Moore is a Northern Irish writer based in New York. She was commended in BBC’s International Playwriting Award 2018 is nominated for the inaugural Harper Collins Comedy Women in Print Prize. She writes for The Times Literary Supplement and is founding editor of The Irish Literary Review. Her poetry collection Strange Roof was published by Finishing Line Press in the United States as part of their New Women’s Voices Series. Catherine is a journalist who has worked in the newsrooms of BBC Oxford and BBC Belfast.

Nicholas Murray is a biographer and poet living in the Welsh Marches where he runs the award-winning poetry pamphlet press Rack Press. He won the Basil Bunting Prize in 2015. His new collection The Yellow Wheelbarrow will be published later this year by Melos and he is the author of the hard-hitting pamphlet-length verse satire A Dog’s Brexit. His most recent collection is The Museum of Truth.


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Sincere thank to Sheila Wakefield at Red Squirrel Press, who will be publishing my poetry pamphlet, Honesty Mirror, in Summer of 2020! When it won the New Writer Magazine prize in 2013, judged by Helen Mort, I was just setting up tell it slant poetry bookshop, and had not long finished my Clydebuilt Poetry Apprenticeship with Sandy Hutchison, now sadly no longer with us. Sandy asked how much the prize money was, then said I should use it to publish the pamphlet straight away, as publication (expect in the magazine) was not part of the deal. I was unsure about self-publishing and didn’t take his advice. His other advice was to slow down, and I found that easier to take!

Between the mad events of Glasgow, Aldeburgh, Beccles and London, and the loss of my Mum, I did not actually get round to sending it to a publisher till 2018, when I was lucky enough to get a job with Poetry London, and moved here, finding a great new poetry group at the Southbank Centre to replace (as much as it could) the wonderful group in Suffolk to which I belonged, along with Beth Soule, Kaaren Witney, Sue Wallace-Shaddad and Sue Mobbs, and to whom, together with my friend, Gutter Magazine editor Henry Bell,  I have to credit the improvement since of many of the poems in the pamphlet. Meanwhile, Helen Mort had published me in One for the Road and kindly wrote a very nice review of the pamphlet that I was able to send out to publishers. In the end I only sent it to one – Red Squirrel, as recommended by a lifelong poetry mentor, Gerry Loose. They said yes!

I try not to berate myself for the delay in sending it out, and think instead of the improvements and additions I have been able to make, and the delightful fact that Red Squirrel now has Gerry Cambridge of Dark Horse fame doing the typesetting, making for even more beautiful books. I can’t wait to see what they do with mine.

Meanwhile, here is a note on the roots of the title, which came from an actual mirror, designed by Frances Macdonald, Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s sister-in-law, decorated with a representation of the honesty plant. Entertainingly (to me anyway) inside the beautiful frame, it is a small, obscure, aged mirror now lodged behind a glass screen in the museum, making it very hard to see a reflection at all! The first I saw of it was actually a black and white photograph, also of course unreflective.

The eponymous poem, which came out of a Clydebuilt workshop, can be read here, where it was first published. Sincere thanks to Gutter Magazine, The North, Aesthetica, New Writing Scotland, New Writer Magazine, and in the anthologies One for the Road (2018), Dove Tales (2018), Glasgow Women Writers (2017) and The Skye Reading Room Anthology 2013 (for the Baker Prize), where many of the poems in this pamphlet were previously published. The poem ‘Found in Translation’ won the 2017 Waterstones Norwich Refugee Week Poetry Prize. ‘Mourning in Arduaine’ was translated into Dutch for the magazine Awater. 

I look forward to the launch in July 2020 – hoping to come full circle and launch it at tell it slant, now managed by the wonderful Shetlandic poet Christie Williamson.

‘Landscape becomes a character in the taut poems of ‘Honesty Mirror’, poems which chart both the inevitable – ‘water pulling sky to sea’ – and the surprising - ghosts glimpsed in the mirror, supernatural glimmers on a city street – with precision and grace. We find ourselves in a strange, familiar place where ‘our faces are the only language we have’.’ Helen Mort.


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In a Circle

I am very pleased to have two poems in this great anthology put together by poet Derek Parkes to honour the great influence Donny O’Rourke has had on contemporary Scottish poetry. Love the intro: ‘Throw a brick into the air in Glasgow, chances are it will land on a poet.’ Aye, ah widnae try it though, mate…

In other news, I have been asked to be on the board of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop as it becomes an official entity under Christie Williamson‘s wise stewardship. I was so touched to be asked. TIS was started as a popup in 2013 by myself and Mat, and it refuses to pop down, with poets Kathryn Sowerby, Gerry Loose and Christie all putting their love into it. Glasgow loves poetry. Poets love Glasgow. Despite the danger of falling bricks.

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The Dark Museum – A Poetry Film

Fantastic poem, and a truly elegant film.

Suzannah Evans

I’m really pleased to be sharing this poetry film of my poem ‘The Dark Museum’ from Near FutureThe film was made by Helen from Elephant’s Footprint and the process of making it was really interesting too.

When Helen initially told me that she wanted to use this poem, I was a bit worried because it’s actually about the absence of the visual. The poem’s subject is a museum where visitors can experience different kinds of darkness, the idea being that we rarely experience true darkness in our world of light pollution.  I was therefore really interested to see where it would go. I tend to describe myself as ‘not having a very visual imagination’ and tend to be quite focussed on sounds and smells in my own creative thinking, so I was really keen to give someone free rein to work in dimensions that I had perhaps not…

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Romalyn Ante WINS 2018 Poetry London Clore Prize!


I am delighted to be able to reveal the Poetry London Clore Prize winners for 2018.

FIRST PRIZE: ‘Names’ by Romalyn Ante
SECOND PRIZE: ‘Children of the Revolution’ by S.K. Kim
THIRD PRIZE: ‘Heaven’ by Selima Hill
COMMENDED POEMS: ‘Under London’ by Victor Tapner, ‘Tiger Gran’ by Pascale Petit, ‘A Rumble in Vina del Mar’ by Jenny McCartney, ‘After Zhao Mengfu’s Bathing Horses‘ by Tarn MacArthur

Winners will be published in the Autumn issue of Poetry London, and on 1 November Judge Kwame Dawes will present the Poetry London Clore Prize at Kings Place in Kings Cross N1, with readings from the prizewinners. More details at: http://poetrylondon.co.uk/.

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The distinguished poet Kwame Dawes is the judge of its new 2018 Poetry London Clore Prize. He is the author or twenty-one books of poetry, and numerous other works of fiction, criticism and essays. His most recent collection, City of Bones: A Testament appeared from Northwestern University Press in 2017.

His awards include the Forward Prize, The Musgrave Silver Medal, several Pushcart Prizes, The Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, and an Emmy. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, Associate Poetry Editor for Peepal Tree Books, and Director of the African Poetry Book Fund. He also serves as Chancellor Professor of English at the University of Nebraska.

Twitter@Poetry_London @RomalynAnte, @kwamedawes

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Poetry London Summer 2018 Readings: 21 June at Kings Place

Join us to celebrate the publication of the 2018 summer issue of Poetry London – offering the opportunity to hear some of the magazine’s most distinguished contributors reading their poems.

With one of America’s greatest living poets, Alice Notley, in a rare UK appearance, plus National Poetry Prizewinner Dom Bury, ‘Occult poetic entity’ Rebecca Tamás and Natasha Trethewey, who has been United States Poet Laureate not once but twice.

You can find out more about the readers and book tickets here.

Summer 2018: Issue 90

The Summer 2018 issue features new poems from Alice Notley, described by the Poetry Foundation as ‘one of America’s greatest living poets’, alongside poems from Colette Bryce, Karen Solie, Mark Waldron, Kwame Dawes and John McCullough. Newcomers to the magazine include Meryl Pugh, Crispin Best, Lottie Howson, George Ayres, Fiona Moore and Dominic Leonard. Plus new translations from Ciaran Carson and Chenxin Jiang.

This issue’s Essay features Kathryn Maris writing on painting, poetry and the female gaze and introducing the exhibition Slatterns, which she is curating at the APT Gallery in Deptford. It is followed by new poems commissioned for the exhibition including work by Rachael AllenNatasha Tretheway and Karen McCarthy Woolf.
In Reviews and Features, Emily Hasler interviews Dylan Thomas prize-winner Kayo Chingonyi and André Naffis-Sahely considers the reputation of Aimé Césaire. New collections reviewed include books by Danez Smith, Kaveh Akbar, Oli Hazzard, Sophie Collins, James Brookes, Jenna Clake and Hannah Sullivan.

You can read a selection of poems and reviews from the Summer issue.


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Beccles Acoustic Music Day



The second act in this opening session are British folk and roots inspired duo, HONEY & THE BEARwho combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with powerful guitar riffs, foot stomping rhythms and catchy melodies. The multi – instrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, mandolin) and Lucy Sampson (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo & percussion), have been writing together since early 2014, having met at a songwriting event two years previously.

Since then, they have played many venues across East Anglia as well as travelling to Germany for their first European tour. Together they have played an array of fantastic UK festivals including Ely Folk, FolkEast and Maverick. 2016 saw the release of their debut EP ‘About Time’, which received airplay on BBC Radio Suffolk, as well as Cambridge Radio & Norfolk Radio. They are now putting the finishing touches to their first full album and you can see them perform in a range of videos athttp://www.honeyandthebear.co.uk/music-videos/  

They will be on stage at 13.45  for an hour, following which there will be a break of approx. 55 minutes.

The BURKITT FAMILY –  a four piece family band hailing from the Bawdsey Peninsula in Suffolk. They offer a beguiling mix of contemporary and traditional acoustic music, featuring tight vocal harmonies and beautifully played arrangements of well – chosen songs.

Ross is an accomplished guitarist and singer and his partner Ali adds vocals and ethereal flute.  They are joined by their daughter Eliza, who wins new admirers wherever she plays with her fluent, assured violin playing and strong vocals and their son Sam, a talented cellist and guitarist. They are regular performers in East Anglia and played at last year’s Bury Folk Festival. You can see their performance of “Running Up That Hill” filmed at Folk At The Froize here:https://vimeo.com/185222243

They will be the first act, on stage at 12.45 for 45 minutes.


Tickets for the whole event are just £20 for the day and can be purchased in person from Beccles Books, I Exchange Square Beccles or online at  www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/459147





Tickets are already on sale for the highly talented singer/songwriter Edwina Hayes. Edwina spends a lot of time in Nashville USA, gigging and recording with the likes of Nanci Griffith and Gretchen Peters. She will be at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield on Monday 28 January 2019. Tickets can be obtained in person from the box office, by phone (01502 589726) or online at http://www.theseagull.co.uk/event/edwina-hayes/ and you can see a great video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBHqMDutZEs . Tickets are £12 (concessions £11).


Finally, I can now reveal that our first show in the new season will feature Winter Wilson. This will be an intimate, entirely acoustic, performance from this very talented duo at Hungate Church, Hungate, Beccles on Saturday 22 September at 8.00 p.m.  Tickets are very limited and are now on sale at www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/486912. They will not be available at Beccles Books for over the counter sales until 28 April.

More info about Winter Wilson in the next newsletter, but in the meantime you can see them perform here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoTo9zzTQGg&feature=youtu.be



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