Anna Kisby wins The Binsted Prize

Anna Kisby
Anna Kisby

Poetry Society Member Anna Kisby has won the Binsted Prize for her poem ‘Five Times Raccoon’. The competition had no theme and was part of the South Downs Poetry Festival, judged by James Simpson.

Anna is Research Associate on a writing collaboration between a historian, a playwright and a poet (Anna): Creative Histories of Witchcraft 1790-1940: https://creativewitchcraft.wordpress.com/

Here’s the opening lines of her winning poem…

First thing this morning you tell me you can’t
drive me to California after all and the reason is
raccoons.

Congratulations to fellow Society Members Robin Ford, Philip Burton, Pat Murgatroyd, Anna Kisby (again, twice), and Ben Ray – who were all Highly Commended; and Mandy Pannett (twice), Philip Burton (again), Ben Ray (again), Anthony Watts, and Anne Stewart – all Commended.

James Simpson:

“I like to think, that in these winning and commended poems, we have works which achieve in the ‘Place of the Imagination’ a union of inner and outer worlds and demonstrate a kindling of their own unique wildfire sparks.”

James Simpson is a Jerwood/Arvon award winner and a prizewinner in the Thomas Hardy Society’s James Gibson Memorial Poetry Competition. He is author of several collections of poems including: The Untenanted Room (Agenda Editions 2011) and The Rhyme of the Reddleman’s Daughter (Hedgehog Poetry Press 2018).
 
The prizewinners read their poems in Binsted Church as part of the Binsted Art Festival on Friday 7 June.

The Binsted Arts Festival builds on the long-held attraction of Binsted near Arundel and the wider Sussex countryside for artists and writers. It involves the local community and anyone with a feeling for these special places in artistic activity enjoyment and learning today, at locations in and around the village of Binsted.

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14 June 2019