Competition Success for Julian Bishop

Julian Bishop’s poem Lobster has been announced as runner-up for The Gingko Prize for Ecopoetry, judged by Mimi Khalvati and Alys Fowler.

Formerly known as the Resurgence Prize, The Gingko Prize is a major international award for poems embracing ecological themes.

He has won a ten-day residency at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in western Ireland.

Congratulations Julian!

Competition Success for Anne Ballard

Anne Ballard’s poem Aubade won first prize in the Formal Poem section of the Poetry on the Lake International Festival 2018 competition.
She has also had Mother’s Teeny-Bash Bathing Costume published in Spindrift, the 2018 poetry and prose anthology of The Federation of Writers (Scotland).
Congratulations are certainly in order for Anne!

Jack Cooper Judges ‘Hour of Writes’ Competition

Hour of Writes is a project dedicated to making sure a moment of inspiration becomes a piece of writing. Members are given a short prompt each week, to which they have an hour to respond in any manner or form they want. The following weekend, each entrant is given the work of three others to mark, and a judge selects the winners.

For last weeks theme, Attack and Receive, Jack Cooper selected a winner and two runners-up. You can read his Editorial and the relevant entries on Hour of Writesas a registered member or guest.

You can find Jack on Twitter: @JackCooper666

Performance Success for Highgate Poets

Highgate Poets were invited to perform by Ruth O’Callaghan for Lumen in King’s Cross on Tuesday 19th June. Ruth was away, but we were presented by Belinda Singleton in her stead, to a small but appreciative audience.
Interesting and exciting poetry from Sal Consoli, Christina Juan, Valentina Kotsuba, Anna Meryt, and Milverton Wallace. What a diverse group we are with British poets who originated from Spain, the Philippines, Russia, Wales and Jamaica! All performances were to a high standard.

On Friday 22nd June, several Highgate Poets also took part in a fantastic evening of poetry for the Enfield Literary Festival at The Dugdale Centre, Enfield, organised by Martin Russo and Katherine Gallagher.

Publication for Valentina Kotsuba

Valentina’s poem With the First Cockerel has been selected to be published in The Fabler magazine – a literary outlet founded by an expatriate living in Moscow.

The poem is part of the Flashbacks collection about her childhood memories, and hence features Russian cultural references. Childhood is one of the closest and dearest themes to the poet, upon which she embarked after reading Seamus Heaney.

Congratulations Valentina!

Norbert Hirschhorn Releases New Collection

Norbert’s latest collection has been published by Holland Park Press. The collection is titled Stone. Bread. Salt. and you can purchase it on the Holland Park Press website.

‘As I approach my ninth decade of life I am aware of the need to share with my descendants the wisdom, texts and lessons handed down by our ancestors of all religions.  The poems in this collection reflect this aim and necessity.’

Congratulations Norbert!