Mark Pajak has won the Peggy Poole Award, a talent development scheme for poets based in the North West of England.
Poet and editor Michael Symmons Roberts judged this year’s award and selected Mark from over 450 poets who entered the 2018 National Poetry Competition who live or work in the region.
Following the recent announcement of her win, Mark will now be mentored for a year by Michael Symmons Roberts.
Mark Pajak was born in Merseyside. His debut pamphlet Spitting Distance, was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as a Laureate’s Choice and was published in 2016 with smith|doorstop. He was commended in the 2014 National Poetry Competition, awarded first place in The Bridport Prize and has also received a Northern Writers’ Award.
Mark is the second winner of the Peggy Poole Award following last year’s winner Yvonne Reddick, who was mentored for a year by poet, critic and editor Deryn Rees-Jones.