Laura Potts wins Mother’s Milk Books Writing Prize

Laura Potts
Laura Potts

Former Foyle Young Poet Laura Potts has been chosen by judge Alison Lock as the winner of this year’s Mother’s Milk Books Writing Prize for her poem ‘First Light’. Rachel Bowers was runner-up for two of her poems and there were Commendations for Poetry Society Members Suzanne Iuppa and Louise Larchbourne among others.

Laura is Editor of Write Out Loud and was recently Highly Commended in the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition.


“It has been an absolute pleasure to read the poems submitted for the Mother’s Milk Books Writing Prize. It was Mother’s Day when I first read the many intense and passionate invocations of love for a newborn child, about the hardships of mothering, the sleepless nights. Many poems resonated with me and took me back to my early mothering days. I even shed a few tears.

The winner was always there I realised, right from the first reading, but I had to be sure. It was more difficult to choose the second and third places from the shortlist.

Winner: ‘First Light’, ticked all the criteria, but it was not just that – I shivered when I read it aloud, as though it was singing out to me. I could hear the mother’s voice ‘…chiming/like goblets/through lobes/of the trees’. I could see her waiting ‘…where the tiny light asleep/is her/moon man…’ I loved the way this poem made use of the white spaces, the periphery. This is a poem that owns the page, it yearns to be read.

Mother’s Milk Books is run by Dr Teika Bellamy. The press was set up in 2011 and their first title Musings on Mothering, edited by Teika, was published in September 2012 and met with critical acclaim. They also produce greetings cards on a mothering/breastfeeding theme as well as general greetings cards. 

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25 April 2018