CONGRATULATIONS to Poetry Society Member Roger Bloor, winner of this year’s Poetry London Clore Competition, judged by Sasha Dugdale. Roger’s pamphlet A Less Clear Dream was shortlisted for the Arnold Bennett Book Prize in 2018, and Aldgedeslegh was shortlisted for the Arnold Bennett Book Prize 2019. He is also a Poetry Society Stanza rep in Newcastle-under-Lyme. His winning poem goes by the title ‘The Ghost of Molly Leigh Pleads, Yes Cries for Exemplaire Justice Against The Arbitrary, Un-exampled Injustice of Her Accusers’.
Sasha says of the winner: “a poem of mesmerising rhythm and accumulative power”.
In second place was Amaan Hyder for ‘duas’, and Poetry Society Member Anita Pati was third for ”Manju’ – “such sparing tenderness I could hardly bear to read it.” Anita was recently awarded an inaugural Women Poets’ prize, set up in memory of Rebecca Swift, and judged by Moniza Ali, Fiona Sampson and Sarah Howe.
Two poets were Highly Commended: Catherine Higgins-Moore for ‘I’d been waiting months’ and Poetry Society Member Nicholas Murray for ‘WODGE’ – “a poem of hope in hopeless times.” Nicholas runs the award-winning poetry pamphlet press Rack Press and won the Basil Bunting Prize in 2015.
The Poetry London Competition is funded by the Clore Duffield Foundation and match-funded by Catalyst Evolve, Arts Council England. The winning poems will be published in the autumn issue – in print and online – and you can hear them live at the Poetry London Autumn Readings on 23 October at Kings Place.
30 July 2019