Competition Success For Jack Cooper

Jack has won the 18-24 category for Oxford City Council’s ‘Shout Out for the Covered Market’ competition, judged by Barney Norris, with his poem ‘Homecoming’.

The competition was set-up to celebrate the historic market, which is quickly approaching its 350th anniversary!

He has also been commended by Andrew McMillan in the Verve Poetry Festival’s ‘Diversity’ competition, for his poem ‘exquisite corpse’.

Jack will be performing at the festival alongside the other commended and winning poets, and Andrew himself: Sunday, 23rd February, 11am-12:30pm.

Jack Cooper Commended in Timothy Corsellis Prize 2019

The Timothy Corsellis Prize was set up in memory of the young poet Timothy Corsellis, both as a memorial and an encouragement to others to explore the often overlooked field of Second World War poetry.

Jack’s commended poem, Gold Beach, drew from the life and work of Keith Douglas, who died shortly after taking part in the Normandy Invasion.

Read the winning and commended poems here.

Jack Cooper Commended in Mary Wollstonecraft Challenge

Mary Wollstonecraft was a groundbreaking Enlightenment philosopher. She wrote the first English language call for the equality of the sexes, and became the world’s first female war correspondent when she traveled to France to report on the “Reign of Terror”.

Bee Rowlett asked poets to respond to one of Mary’s quotes, Jack choosing “I am the first of a new genus!” for his poem Origins.

Read Jack’s poem and a lively account of Mary’s life here.

Jack Cooper Places 3rd in Competition Honouring Poet Laureate

To celebrate Carol Ann Duffy’s legacy as Poet Laureate, the Young Poets Network asked poets aged 5-25 around the world to respond to her works.

Judge (and Duffy expert) Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards selected Jack Cooper as the third prize winner.

A private man, public spaces was inspired by Duffy’s diction, along with her common themes of suffering and queer love.

Mari commented, ‘this poem respects her connection with men, their lives and their work in its naming of masculine fragilities’, and praised its references to The Anvil and some of Duffy’s influences.

You can find out more about the competition, and its winners, here.

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!