To mark the final week of the National Poetry Competition 2020 being open for entries, The Poetry Society is releasing a series of five video readings each weekday at 1pm GMT as part of a series called ‘Then & Now’.
In each short video, a poet who has previously been placed in the competition reads their National Poetry Competition winning poem as well as a poem that they have written more recently.
The line-up for the ‘Then & Now’ series includes: Tom Weir, commended for the poem ‘Day Trippin” in the 2014 competition; Momtaza Mehri, awarded third prize for the poem ‘Oiled Legs Have Their Own Subtext’ in 2017; Carmen Bugan, commended for the poem ‘Visiting the Country of my Birth’ in 2010; Philip Gross, winner for the poem ‘The Ice Factory’ in 1982; and Jane Draycott, awarded second prize for the poem ‘Italy to Lord’ in 2012.
Now available to watch:
Coming soon: Jane Draycott
This year’s National Poetry Competition, judged by Neil Astley, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Jonathan Edwards closes at midnight GMT on 31 October 2020 – enter here
26 October 2020, updated 29 October