Frances-Anne King wins inaugural SciPo Poetry Competition

Frances-Anne King
Frances-Anne King

SciPo, the annual science poetry event run by The Poet’s House Oxford with St Hilda’s College Oxford, has just held its first science poetry competition, judged by Jane Draycott. The winner is Poetry Society Member Frances-Anne King for her poem ‘Home Thoughts from the Red Planet’.

Frances-Anne King’s poetry has won a number of prizes and has been published extensively in National and International Journals including  Acumen, Agenda, The Rialto, Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland Review and The British Journal of Psychiatry. Her first pamphlet, Weight of Water, was published by Poetry Salzburg in 2013. In 2016 she edited an anthology of Poetry and Art, From Palette to Pen, for The Holburne Museum in Bath, where she facilitates poetry workshops.

Fellow Member Lesley Saunders was second with ‘Vital Signs’ (Lesley is a frequent winner of the Poetry News Members’ Poems competitions) and there were Commendations for Pat Edwards (‘Expect Extreme Weather’) and Catherine Faulds (‘Deception Island’).

SciPo 2018 Poetry Competition Results
Judge: Jane Draycott


1st: Home Thoughts from the Red Planet, Frances-Anne King
2nd: Vital Signs, Lesley Saunders
joint 3rd: Flash-flood/Quilt, Chris Poole; and Security Alert, Susan Wood

Commended (in no particular order): Sea Change, Sasha Rasmussen; Gravity Anomalies, Rowena Warwick; Expect Extreme Weather, Pat Edwards; Deception Island, Catherine Faulds; The Ignorance of Fish, Afric McGlinchey; Unripe, Jemma Borg


1st: The Hunted, Imogen Phillips
2nd: Everything’s Fine, Daisy Stillborn
3rd: Gone, Abigail Hawkesworth

Now in its third year, in 2018 SciPo will be broadly themed around the topic of Climate Change. Hear how contemporary poetry is responding to this issue, with guest poets Carrie Etter and Philip Gross, introduced by Jenny Lewis, reading and discussing their new work. Join researchers to consider how poetry, often seen as remote from the arid, high-tech world of science, can crystallise scientific ideas to inform and inspire, and read your own science-inspired poem to a sympathetic audience at an open mic session, alongside winners of the first St Hilda’s Science Poetry Competition.

The event takes place on Saturday June 9 10am to 4.30pm.

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11 May 2018