Pascale Petit wins Laurel Prize

Pascale Petit Mama Amazonica

Congratulations to Poetry Society Member Pascale Petit, chosen as the winner of the inaugural ecopoetry prize, The Laurel Prize, organised by the UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and the Poetry School. Pascale wins £5000 for Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe).

Winner of the £500 Best First Collection award went to fellow Poetry Society Member Matt Howard for Gall (Rialto), and Linda France was on the longlist for Reading the Flowers (Arc Publications).

The longlist for published collections of poetry was judged by Simon Armitage, Moniza Alvi and Robert Macfarlane. This year’s partner the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are funding a commission for the winners to write a poem inspired by the AONB closest to their heart.

The prize is funded by Simon Armitage out of his £5,000 honorarium, which he receives annually from the Queen, and run by the Poetry School. It is awarded annually for the best published collection of environmental or nature poetry.

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26 October 2020