Maggie Butt, judge of the Segora Poetry Competition 2019, has selected poems by Anne Ballard and Jack Cooper to be long-listed. Congratulations!
You can view the full long-list here.
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.
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.
Christ Church United Reformed Church on Chase Side, Enfield,
widely recognized for its iconic spire, will be throwing open its
doors this coming Holy Week to host a community exhibition
entitled Imago Dei.
Imago Dei will focus on images of God, and of
humanity, and will include poetry, music, and art.
Vicky Olliver’s ‘Spring’, and Jack Cooper’s ‘Convert’ will be part of the exhibition.
On Wednesday 17th April and Saturday 20th April, between
11am and 1pm, local poet Mary Duggan will run a workshop
called “Where word meets art”, which will provide a practical
opportunity for members of the local community to add their
own work and thoughts to the exhibition.
Local poets, including Vicky Olliver, will be reading their poetry live on Saturday from
2pm to 3pm.
Revd Mark Meatcher, minister of Christ Church, explained the
aims of the exhibition:-
“Christ Church United Reformed Church are keen to show off
their building and to encourage a greater use of it. .
We are eager to encourage people to come and share with us
when we worship week by week, and also, with the support of
the local community, provide opportunities for shared
This exhibition enables us to do just that, and we look forward
to welcoming people to spend some time with us during Holy
Week in whatever way they can, or wish to do so.”
“Imago Dei” will be open daily during Holy Week from 15th to
21st April (10 am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, 1pm to 4pm on
Good Friday and 10 am to 4pm on Easter Saturday).
The Enfield Poets exist to give a platform to local poets with a chance to try out their work in front of a friendly and sympathetic audience, and to enjoy listening to and learning from guest poets.
In that spirit, they will be hosting five members of Highgate Poets on Saturday 2nd March.
If you would like to hear work from Anna Meryt, Milverton Wallace, Jack Cooper, Sal Consoli, and Michael Pierce, head to Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield. Performances start at 7:30pm. Admission is £3.50, or £2.50 for Concessions.
We hope to see you there!
Anna Meryt has been a published poet for many years and has two poetry collections: Dolly Mix (2014) and Heart Broke (2013). She is the current facilitator of Highgate Poets. Anna co-edited the Highgate Poets’ Anthology Naming the Clouds (2017). She has published a memoir (2015) and a non-fiction book for writers (2018).
Milverton Wallace is a former journalist, editor, university lecturer, hackathon organiser, co-founder of a kids’ coding club, and poet.
Jack Cooper works in neuroscience research, using fruit flies to understand how the brain generates complex behaviours. He was shortlisted for the New Poets’ Prize (2018), and longlisted for the National Poetry Competition (2017).
Sal Consoli is a researcher of Applied Linguists at the University of Warwick. He is constantly engaged with poetry work with the Brum Stanza group, and is now using poetry as part of his research in social services.
Michael Pierce is a Director of a Housing Trust and Assistant Principal of a College of Further Education. Currently he teaches Transcendental Meditation. Michael is the author of Bland Ambition and Other Poems (David Paul Press).
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 Writes, as a registered member or guest.
You can find Jack on Twitter: @JackCooper666
The Seven Voices project asks seven creatives based in Oxford to respond to a weekly prompt. Each week you can expect to read poetry and prose, listen to striking soundscapes, and watch experimental video art.
Jack will be writing poetry and prose for the duration of the project, which you can follow at sevenvoices.weebly.com. Hover over the Seven Voices menu button, and select TT18 to view the current cohort’s work.
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.