Member Jonathan Totman has jointly won the 2018 IOTA SHOT Pamphlet Award. His debut pamphlet, Explosives Licence, will be published by Templar Poetry in the coming months, with a launch on June 3rd at Keats House in Hampstead. The title poem will also appear in the anthology Best New British and Irish Poets 2018 (Eyewear Publishing). Jonathan is giving a reading at Needlewriters in Lewes, East Sussex, next month.
In this year’s National Poetry Competition, Jack Cooper’s poem “Back to Normal” was selected for the judge’s final longlist, out of more than 13,000 entries. The competition was judged by Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan, and Pascale Petit.
Anne Ballard’s poem ‘A Roman Housewife in Londinium considers the problem of fish sauce’ will appear in Magma 70, to be launched in early April. Her poems ‘Bus Stop’ and ‘A Long Drive in January’ will appear online in the spring and June editions respectively of London Grip.
Congratulations to Vicky Olliver whose poem ‘To My Brother’ has been shortlisted from over 500 entries in the Tongues & Grooves Prose Poem Competition 2018. The poem will be published in an anthology of prize-winning poems.
A new collection of poems from Norbert Hirschhorn will be published in April 2018 by Holland Park Press. The collection is titled Stone. Bread. Salt. and you can read more about it on the Holland Park Press website.
Member Julian Bishop’s poem “Window Pane” was shortlisted from over 4000 entries for this year’s Bridport Poetry Prize, judged by Lemn Sissay. Congratulations Julian!
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.
Some of Frances’ poems can be read on her website.
Anna Meryt has been highly commended in the Winchester Writers Festival Memoir competition with Chapter One of her second memoir, set in London and Indonesia. Congratulations Anna!
Congratulations to Anne Ballard, whose poem ‘The Judge’s Wife’ has won third prize in the 2017 Poetry on the Lake Competition, formal category.
Former member Sarah Doyle was also highly commended in the Silver Wyvern category for poems on the theme ‘metal’.