Yvonne Reddick wins the inaugural Peggy Poole Award

Yvonne Reddick has won the Peggy Poole Award, a new talent development scheme for poets based in the North West of England.  Following the announcement of her win at the Savile Club on 28th March, Yvonne will now be mentored for a year by poet and editor Deryn Rees-Jones.

The Peggy Poole Award is a new programme helping emerging writers develop their craft, which runs alongside the National Poetry Competition, and gives poets in the North West of England the chance to win a year of mentoring from a leading poet. The award is in memory of the poet and broadcaster Peggy Poole and made possible thanks to the generosity of her extended family and many friends.

Yvonne Reddick’s pamphlet Translating Mountains won the 2017 Mslexia Pamphlet Competition and she is published by Seren.  She won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2016 and was a Hawthornden Fellow in 2017.  Her book Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet is published by Palgrave Macmillan. She was a commended poet in the 2017 National Poetry Competition.