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Poetry School and Pighog Press are pleased to announce the shortlist for their inaugural pamphlet competition. After receiving over 450 entries, judges Julia Bird and Ciaran O’Driscoll can reveal the twelve poets on the shortlist.
Through reading, re-reading and reading again the submitted selections, we arrived at a list of twelve writers whose poems embodied a combination of ideas, experiences and musicality to provoke and delight any poetry reader. We're looking forward to seeing how all these pamphlet collections develop through the next part of the judging process, when we apply ourselves to the hard task of picking a single winner that meets Pighog's challenging standards.'
Those poets will now be invited to submit the remainder of their pamphlet manuscripts for the final judging. The overall winner and runners-up will be announced in May.
The Magpie in Your Ribcage by Janet Lees
Laundry by Jocelyn Page
Cur by Martin Malone
The Emperor's Egg by Sue Wood
The Man on the Corner of Sproul Plaza Sold Black Holes by Vicki Husband
The Night Café by Rodney Wood
Breathing Underwater by Katherine Crocker
Ex by Matthew Paul
9 Blows to the Head by Neil Alexander
Everything is Fine, Nothing is Ruined by Alex Macdonald
In Spite of Asteroids by Philip Cowell
The Old Madness by Kate White
And because of the high standard of entries the judges felt it was important to publicly commend the poets who made the longlist.
A Sneak Preview into the Afterlife by Marie Knight
Clear Air Turbulence by Jane Mclaughlin
Love N. &V. A Strong Affection by Charles Evans
The Curiosity Cricket Bat by David Coldwell
Flight Lines by Catherine Whittaker
A Woman Without a Shadow by Barbara Cumbers
Death and Daughters by A C Bevan
Wild Boars at Periyar by Mara Bergman
Allegretto by Alex Josephy
De Clerambault’s Syndrome by Vishvantara
Glamorous by Rosie Reynolds
Glint by Claudia Daventry
Horse as Accordion by Nicky Arscott
Roads that Shine like PVC Lydia Harris
The Second Republic by Nick Makoha
Tissue/Bone by Anja Konig
Ways to Build a Roadblock by Josh Ekroy
The Organisers and Judges
The Poetry School is a national arts education charity based in London. It exists to nurture poetic talent and support the development of poets in aid of a dynamic, diverse and popular contemporary poetry for readers and audiences everywhere.
Pighog Press is an award-winning publisher based in Brighton, England. It publishes high quality original work from a diverse range of regional and international voices.
For more information, please get in touch with Meredith Collins, Pighog's Press Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julia Bird grew up in Tetbury, Gloucestershire and now lives in London. She studied English Language and Literature at Reading University and has an M.A. in Creative Writing and Education from the University of Sussex. She moved to London in 1997 to work for the Poetry Book Society before moving to the Poetry School and setting up a small independent literature promotion company, Jaybird Live Literature, which produces and manages touring poetry shows. Her first collection Hannah and the Monk (Salt Publishing) was published in 2008, and a second Twenty-Four Seven Blossom will be out later in 2013. She is an editor for Magma poetry magazine.
Ciaran O'Driscoll was born in Callan, Co. Kilkenny in 1943 and lives in Limerick. He a committee member of Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival and a member of Aosdána, an institution established by the Irish Arts Council to honour artists and writers who have made an outstanding contribution to art and literature. He has published six collections of poetry, including Gog and Magog (Salmon, 1987) and his New and Selected Poems, Moving On, Still There (Dedalus, 2001). He has won a number of awards for his work, including the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. Liverpool University Press published his childhood memoir, A Runner Among Falling Leaves, in 2001. His novel A Year’s Midnight was published by Pighog in 2012.