CONGRATULATIONS to Poetry Society Member Seán Hewitt, who is the winner of this year’s Resurgence Prize, run jointly with The Poetry School. The Prize is the world’s first major award for ecopoetry. With a first prize of £5,000 for the best single poem embracing ecological themes, the award ranks amongst the most prestigious of any English language single poem competition.
In second place is Cath Drake, and third prize goes to Emily Diamand and among the Commended poets are Poetry Society Members David Clarke, Linda France, Joanna Guthrie, Sue Norton and Paul Stephenson.
Seán was born in 1990 and read English at the University of Cambridge, where he received his college’s Emily Davies and Lilias Sophia Ashworth Hallett scholarships and twice received the Charity Reeves Prize in English. In 2014, he was awarded Arts Council England funding for a series of poems, and in 2015 was selected as one of the Poetry Trust’s Aldeburgh Eight. He won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2016, and is currently studying for a Ph.D. at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool.
The judges of the Resurgence Prize were Lavinia Greenlaw and Mina Gorji.
6 November 2017