Jenny Pagdin wins Benedicts Gate poetry competition

Jenny Pagdin with David Campbell (from Alumno Group, building developers)

Poetry Society Member Jenny Pagdin is winner of the Benedicts Gate poetry competition (organised alongside the National Centre of Writing). Benedicts Gate is new student accommodation, due to open in Norwich in autumn 2020. Jenny’s poem will be on permanent display and will be incorporated into 12 specially designed panels showcasing the entrance of the building, creating a striking arts feature for residents and the general public to enjoy. The competition organisers were looking for poems that explore the history of Norwich’s 12 medieval gates within the Old City Wall. 

Jenny’s pamphlet Caldbeck, which tells the story of her postnatal psychosis, was published by Eyewear in 2017, shortlisted for the Mslexia pamphlet competition and listed by the Poetry Book Society. She was longlisted for the Rebecca Swift Foundation prize in 2018 and won the Café Writers Norfolk Prize.

The National Centre of Writing Programme Director Peggy Hughes: 

“We’re pleased to support a project that brings alive what it means to be England’s first UNESCO City of Literature: to share and celebrate our rich literary tradition with the people who live, work and visit Norwich, to nurture our huge and talented ecology of emerging writers, and to ensure those new voices have the opportunity to thrive.”

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14 February 2020