Poetry Society Members Beda Higgins and Jane Lovell are joint winners of this year’s Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize, organised by publishers Indigo Dreams in honour of their friend poet and publisher, Geoff Stevens. Beda wins for ‘Ourselves’ and Jane for ‘The God of Lost Ways’ and both will have new collections out later in the year as a result.
Good news too for fellow Poetry Society Members Josh Ekroy – Highly Commended – and Maia Elsner, Guy Elston, Greg Freeman, Julie Irigaray and Stephen Keeler – all Commended.
Beda Higgins is an author and poet with two collections of short stories published: Chameleon and Little Crackers. Chameleon was chosen as a Read Regional Recommendation and long-listed for the Edgehill Prize. She was the first prize winner of the Mslexia short story competition, and the recipient of two Northern Writer Awards. She has poetry published in many anthologies and collections, including The Poetry Cure, Bloodaxe books, and the Hippocrates Prize 2018. She is a psychiatric and general nurse and has been awarded two Queen’s Nursing Institute Awards for her work using Creative Writing as a therapeutic tool with patients. Anglo-Irish, she lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with her family.
Jane Lovell won the Flambard Prize in 2015 and has been shortlisted for several awards including the Basil Bunting Prize, the Robert Graves Prize and Periplum Book Award. She has been widely published in journals and anthologies and is a regular contributor to Agenda and Dark Mountain. Jane’s work focuses on our relationship with the planet and its wildlife and is steeped in science, natural history and folklore. Recent publications include Metastatic (ATG Poetry Press), Forbidden (Coast to Coast to Coast) and This Tilting Earth (Seren Books). Jane also writes for Elementum Journal and Photographers Against Wildlife Crime. She lives in Kent and is Writer-in-Residence at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Jane also runs The Poetry Society’s Mid Kent Stanza.
4 May 2020