The shortlist for the 2018 The Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets has been announced and includes Poetry Society Member Gina Wilson for ‘It Was and It Wasn’t’ (Mariscat Press). Congratulations to Gina and her fellow poets on the shortlist: Liz Berry, Ian Parks, Rakshan Rizwan and Carol Rumens.
Gina’s first poetry pamphlet, Scissors, Paper, Stone was published by Happenstance Press in 2012. She is the author of novels and poetry for young adults and children and had been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, Kurt Maschler Award, Smarties Prize and Bisto Book of the Year. She has taught creative writing in schools and on residential courses, and is a psychotherapist in Oxford.
The judges are Sasha Dugdale, Rachel Foss and Declan Ryan.
Judges’ Comments: We loved Wilson’s ability to use dry wit in these apparently plain-speaking poems, many of which are perfect illustrations that ‘people/can’t quite bury a treasure’, or indeed anything. A memorable blend of restraint and mischief, these are poems full of surprise, questioning and ‘false hopes’.
The Publishers Award shortlist is: Bad Betty Press, Emma Press, Guillemot Press and Tapsalteerie.
The winners will be announced on 11 December.
The Wordsworth Trust and The British Library, with the generous support of the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, presents The Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets, in association with the TLS and Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS), in Washington DC and in Nafplio Greece.
The Awards are now established among the most significant awards in contemporary poetry. They are designed to raise the profile of poetry pamphlets, recognising the enormous contribution that they make to the poetry world.
20 November 2018