Dane Holt is winner of University of Leeds’ new poetry prize

The five shortlisted poets, including Dane Holt – second left – with judges of the inaugural Brotherton Poetry Prize at the University of Leeds.

The winner of the inaugural Brotherton Poetry Prize, organised by Leeds University, is Dane Holt, a PhD researcher at Queen’s University Belfast.

Among the runners-up were Poetry Society Members Pete Green and Maeve Henry, as well as Majella Kelly and Robyn Maree Pickens.

The choice was unanimous among the judges, including Poet Laureate (and Professor of Poetry at Leeds) Simon Armitage, broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, and poets Vahni Capildeo and Malika Booker. 

All of the finalists and judges were present to see the winner named.

“The art form is healthy and vibrant, with no let-up in the number of people wanting to take language seriously and work with it in a considered and thought-provoking way.” Simon Armitage

The prize was open to anyone over 18 who had not yet published a full collection of poems. The winner receives £1,000 and the opportunity to develop their creative practice with the poetry centre. The four runners-up each receive £200.

The poems of all five shortlisted writers will now be published in an anthology by Carcanet, and they will be invited to take part in a series of readings and events at the University of Leeds and other Yorkshire venues.

The prize has been supported by the Charles Brotherton Trust. Brotherton’s uncle, Lord Edward Brotherton of Wakefield, was a Yorkshire industrialist and philanthropist who funded the iconic University library building that bears his name.

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13 June 2019