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James Womack & Rory Waterman Shortlisted for Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize

Thursday, 4 Apr 2019

James Womack and Rory Waterman We're so pleased to announce that James Womack and Rory Waterman have been shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize with their respective collections On Trust: A Book of Lies and Sarajevo Roses.

Earlier today, the Ledbury Poetry Festival announced the six collections shortlisted for the prestigious Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize for Second Collections published in Britain and Ireland in 2017 and 2018.

Judged this year by Lachlan Mackinnon and Linda Gregerson, the biannual prize is the first of its kind and aims to support and encourage ‘mid-career’ poets, with a £5,000 prize for the winner. The vibrant, diverse collections offer a reminder that in turbulent political times poetry – particularly those published by independent and small presses – continues to thrive and flourish.

The prize recognises that a poet’s second collection can be “dangerous, risk-taking liberating and wildly ambitious” according to Tom Chivers, Editor at Penned in the Margins, who says “I welcome a new prize for second collections, to shine a spotlight on work that might otherwise fall down the gap between the excitement of the new and the confidence of the established.”
The shortlisted poets will be invited to read at a Prize Giving event on Friday 5 July 2019 at Ledbury Poetry Festival when the judges will announce the winner.

For the full shortlist, please click here.

A huge congratulations to both poets - we look forwards to hearing the results!

Ledbury Poetry Prize




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