Clean sweep for Poetry Society Members in Resurgence ecopoetry prize

Rob Miles
Rob Miles

Poetry Society Member Rob Miles has won this year’s Resurgence Poetry Prize – the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, with a first prize of £5,000 for the best single poem embracing ecological themes.

The second prize of £2,000 goes to Poetry Society Member Dom Bury, and the third prize of £1,000 goes to fellow Poetry Society Member Majella Kelly.

All three winning poems can be read on the Resurgence Prize website.

All the Commended poets are Poetry Society Members too! Dom Bury (again), Mary Jean Chan (for two poems), Linda France, Jane Houston, Harry Man, and Emma Must.

The awards will be presented in March 2017.

Founded in the spring of 2014 by the former UK Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, actress and green campaigner Joanna Lumley, and entrepreneur and environmentalist Peter Phelps, the Resurgence Poetry Prize reflects the founders’ shared passion for and commitment to poems that investigate and challenge the interrelationship between nature and human culture.

The Prize operates under the auspices of the Resurgence Trust, publishers of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. The Poetry Archive, and the environmental charity Earth Restoration Service, are also associated with the Prize. The Prize is governed by an executive board appointed by Resurgence Trust which includes long-term peace and environment activist Satish Kumar, the Founders and other representatives, and which is chaired by Sir Andrew Motion. Peter Phelps is the Prize’s Executive Director, responsible for the overall management and development of the competition.

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1 February 2017