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.
Paul Stephenson’s debut pamphlet Those People, a winner in the recent Poetry Business Competition, is launched today (16th May) at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere. Judge Billy Collins said of Paul’s poems:
‘Funny and quite serious at the same time, these poems cast a fresh, ironic eye on contemporary life and find a wild variety of fields in which to play. The colloquial tone and satiric brilliance might make a reader wish to hear more, ideally over a pint or two.’
Member Paul Stephenson’s poem Going Through has been published in the Poetry Society’s latest edition of Poetry News. It is one of six poems selected by Katy Evans Bush on the theme ‘The Tiny World’ and can be read online here.
Member Paul Stephenson has been selected for the 2014/15 Book & Pamphlet Competition, as chosen by Billy Collins, who had this to say:
Funny and quite serious at the same time, these poems cast a fresh, ironic eye on contemporary life and find a wild variety of fields in which to play. The colloquial tone and satiric brilliance might make a reader wish to hear more, ideally over a pint or two.
Member Paul Stephenson has taken a joint third-place prize in this year’s Torbay Poetry Competition for his poem “All the Men”, judged by R.V. Bailey. You can read Paul’s poem, and the other winners, on the Torbay website.
The 27th anthology of the Highgate Poets, entitled The Space it Might Take features poems from members Anne Ballard, Diana Bishop, Annemarie Cooper, Sarah Doyle, Frances Galleymore, Chris Gray , Miriam Halahmy, Norbert Hirschhorn, Ruth Ingram, Anna Meryt, Vicky Olliver, Robert Peake, Tim Reid, Jack Stanley, Paul Stephenson, and Jonathan Totman.