Poetry Society Member Katharine Pierpoint is the winner of £2,000 for her poem ‘The egg-slicer’ in the 2017 Troubadour International Poetry Prize, chosen by Imtiaz Dharker and Michael Symmons Roberts. In second place was Suzanne Cleary for ‘The Secret of Happiness’, and Poetry Society Member Lindsey Holland was third for ‘Confessions of a Need to Know’.
Poetry Society Members Simon Lewis, Ayesha Drury and Stephanie Norgate also won prizes in the competition.
Imtiaz Dharker said of Katharine’s winning poem:
“there was no doubt at all about this one winning the first prize. Katherine Pierpoint takes something which could be mundane, an egg-slicer, and gives it such close attention that it becomes almost mythical. It is what it is, but it also becomes an instrument to speak of the person who uses it, and takes off into a magnificent string of images and sounds, in a joyful, musical play with language.”
4 December 2017