Claire Dyer wins Charles Causley Poetry Prize

Claire Dyer, photo credit Dale Strickland-Clark
Claire Dyer, photo credit Dale Strickland-Clark

Poetry Society Member Claire Dyer is the winner of the 2015 Charles Causley Poetry Prize, for her poem ‘Trust and the Horse’. There was joy too for fellow Poetry Society Members Kirsten Irving, Jill Munro, and Andy Humphrey, who were Highly Commended.

2nd prize went to Russell Jones for ‘Waggledancers’, and 3rd to Nell Farrell for ‘Finding the Wedding Photos’.

Claire wins £2000 and a week-long residency at Cyprus Well, Causley’s former home in Launceston, Cornwall.  In 2015, Claire won the Torriano Poetry Competition, was joint winner of the Bath Short Poem competition, and was commended in The Poetry Society’s Stanza Competition.

Head judge, Professor Caleshu, had this to say about the winning poem:

“There’s a quiet confidence in this poem, born out of ‘wisdom and rhythm’. We join the speaker on horseback, travelling toward the poem we want to read, and so the poem we want to write. The couplets move us forward with controlled momentum, a strong trot made from a straight-forward language. And yet the poem, with each turn of phrase, surprises us, turns into those spaces which are genuine, and by which we find ‘trust’: trust in the poem to make the right steps, ‘trust’ that it will carry us into a new world order — of ‘hope’, and, at the poem’s unexpected conclusion, of numbers. This poem adds to that great tradition of poetry about poetry, a quest narrative which is both of this earth and its animals and of the ‘blue air’, where the imagination triumphs.”

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15 February 2016