Closed now for submissions: The Julian Lennon Prize for Poetry
Our unique anthology, featuring prize winner Jenny Mitchell and the selected best entries for the Folklore Prize from all over the UK and Ireland, is now available. Cover art is Saul and David (1956) by Albert Adams, courtesy of the Estate of Albert Adams.
We are really excited to bring you this beautiful anthology - with huge thanks to every contributor. Funds raised will go towards Pancreatic Cancer UK and the book is also available via Amazon.
"It has given me enormous pleasure. I had not meant to read it so fast, but I was enjoying it so much I could not stop. Everyone will find something to charm, intrigue or captivate them in this book." - John Carey on Secret Chords.
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Thanks to our judges who reviewed all poems entered with great care and admiration.
Piers Plowright is an artist, poet, writer and radio legend - during his time as a BBC radio drama and feature maker from 1968 to 1997 he won the Prix Italia for radio documentaries three times as well as three Gold and two Silver Sony Awards and a Sony Special Award for Continual Dedication and Commitment to the Radio Industry. Since then he has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an honourary doctor at Bournemouth University.
Sean Street is a writer, poet, broadcaster, and Britain's first Professor of Radio. He retired from full-time academic life in 2011 and was awarded an Emeritus Professorship by Bournemouth University. He continues to write and broadcast. He is also a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Sean Street's latest book of poems is The Sound Recordist (Maytree Press, 2021). He also published The Sound of a Room: Memory and the Auditory Presence of Place. (Routledge, 2020.) Between 2017 and 2019, Palgrave Macmillan published his Sound Poetics trilogy: Sound Poetics (2017) Sound at the Edge of Perception (2018) and The Sound Inside the Silence (2019). Other prose includes The Poetry of Radio – The Colour of Sound (Routledge, 2013), followed by The Memory of Sound – Preserving the Sonic Past, also by Routledge, (2014).
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Jehane Markham - Dramatist, lyricist and acclaimed poet, Jehane Markham is co-founder of Rough Wind Productions and has produced several books, CDs and tapes. She has worked in Radio, Television and Theatre. Her work for radio includes adaptations of modern classics such as The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Frost in May by Antonia White as well as original plays, Thanksgiving and More Cherry Cake. Lawrence and Frieda was an acclaimed drama documentary on the life of D.H. Lawrence.
"Jehane Markham is a true poet. Many of her poems glow like Impressionist paintings. You can taste the colours – a red cupboard hotter than love ’ the yellow dazzle of straw in a barn – glinting turquoise water and the tingle of silver."
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