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!

Paul Stephenson Wins Paper Swans Press Pamphlet Competition

Paul Stephenson has won the Paper Swans Press Poetry Pamphlet Competition with ‘Selfie with Waterlilies’. The competition was judged by Jill Munro and you can read her report on the Paper Swans Press website. We are looking forward to reading the published pamphlet!

Member Jonathan Totman’s entry, entitled ‘Explosives Licence’, was also highly commended in the competition.