National Poetry Competition 2020: Then & Now

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.

You can watch the videos on The Poetry Society’s InstagramTV or Vimeo accounts

Now available to watch:

Then and Now: Tom Weir
Then and Now: Momtaza Mehri
Then and Now: Carmen Bugan
Then and Now: Philip Gross

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 2020enter here

26 October 2020, updated 29 October