Jack Thacker is the winner of this year’s Charles Causley International Poetry Competition for his poem ‘The Load’, selected by head of judges Sir Andrew Motion. Jack grew up on a farm in Herefordshire. He lives in Bristol, where he is studying for a PhD on contemporary poetry and agriculture at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter. His poetry has appeared in PN Review, The Clearing and The Literateur and has been commissioned by the Bristol and Bath Festival of Nature and the Bristol Nature Channel. He is the co-founder of the University of York-based poetry magazine Eborakon and is a board member of the Bristol Poetry Institute.
The top three are:
1st: ‘The Load’ by Jack Thacker (Bristol) – £2000 and a week at Cyprus Well
2nd: ‘The Year You Turned Into A Fish’ by Joanne Key (Cheshire) – £250
3rd: ‘Walk A Mile/ Stepping Out’ by Liz Breslin (Hawea Flat, NZ) – £100
Four out of the five Highly Commended poets are Poetry Society Members, with Kerry Darbishire, Jill Munro, Victor Tapner, and Theresa Lola on a list completed by Tony D’Arpino. The second prize winner, Joanne Key, was placed second in the National Poetry Competition in 2014.
The Charles Causley Trust preserves Causley’s legacy by creating opportunities for writers and communities to develop and connect through a programme of residencies, competitions and events.
16 February 2017