Sarah Westcott wins The London Magazine Poetry Prize

Sarah Westcott
Sarah Westcott reads her winning poem

Patricia McCarthy and Frieda Hughes have chosen ‘Old mother moor’ by Poetry Society Member Sarah Westcott as the winner of the 2017 The London Magazine Poetry Prize. In second place was Roisin Kelly, and Michael Henry was third.

Sarah is a poet and journalist. Her debut pamphlet, Inklings (Flipped Eye), was the Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice for winter 2103. She writes the blog The Literary Loper. She was second in the Candlestick Press/Cloud Appreciation Society poetry competition this year.

Sarah is reading at the Poetry Cafe with Jocelyn Page and Malene Engelund on 17 November. Details

The London Magazine celebrated the winners of the Poetry Prize 2017 with a drinks reception held at Collyer Bristow Gallery. The prizes were presented by Grey Gowrie (Special Editorial Advisor for The London Magazine) and Steven O’Brien (Editor of The London Magazine).

Champagne flowed as Steven O’Brien gave a speech praising the winners, quoting E.E. Cummings: “Poetry is the only thing that matters”. A reading of the winning poems created a hush in the gallery; poignant, beautiful and received with much applause and praise for the poets who read incredibly well. Grey Gowrie followed with a speech admiring the first-place poem in particular, and told a delightfully fitting poetry-themed anecdote about his time spent on Exmoor.

Each of these poems will be published in the December/January Issue of The London Magazine as well as online.

Read more

8 November 2017