On 2 April 2019 the winners of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry 2019 were announced at the 100 Club, London, hosted by Joelle Taylor. There were three categories (Page, Performance and Film) and over 600 entries. Mukahang Limbu was the winner of the Page Poetry category, and the overall winner, going home with £800 for his poem ‘The Cleaners’, dedicated to his mother. Mukahang is a Foyle Young Poet and a SLAMbassador, and was the youngest of all the shortlistees.
The runners-up in the Page category were Poetry Society Member Kathryn Bevis, plus Alice Frecknall, Amani Saeed, Fahima Hersi, Mukahang Limbu and Toby Campion. Poetry Society Member Claire Collison was shortlisted. This year the judges awarded a commendation and £50 to one poet in each category. Toby Campion was highly commended in the Page category for his mirror poem using Polari.
In the Performance category the runners-up included Poetry Society Member Deanna Rodger plus Desree, Henry Stone, Rakaya Esime Fetuga, Sanah Ahsan amd Toby Campion. Poetry Society Member Sam J Grudgings was on the shortlist. The highly commended poet was Desree and the winner was Sanah Ahsan for a poem about her faith and sexuality.
The runners-up in the Film category were Gommie, Helmie Stil & Dom Bury (winner of the 2017 National Poetry Competition), Jamal Mehmood, Malaika Kegode, Ruth Sutoyé and Zia Ahmed. Poetry Society Member Ruth Sutoyé was highly commended and Zia Ahmed was the category winner.
This year’s judges were 2012 Ted Hughes Award winning poet and musician Kate Tempest; Forward Prize winner Mona Arshi; Young People’s Laureate for London Momtaza Mehri; Director of Southbank Centre Madani Younis; and Complete Works fellow Yomi Ṣode.
3 April 2019