Elena Croitoru & Thomasson Taylor shortlisted for inaugural Wales Poetry Award

Poetry Society Members Elena Croitoru (for ‘Things That Are Green’) and Thomasson Taylor (for ‘Y Cwrwgl/The Coracle’) are among 13 poems to be shortlisted for the inaugural Wales Poetry Award, hosted by Poetry Wales, sponsored by the Department of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University, and judged by Katherine Stansfield. 

Elena has an MSt in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. Her work has been selected for the Best New British & Irish Poets 2019 and has been shortlisted for the Gregory O’Donoghue Prize, Wasafiri New Writing Prize, Bridport Prize, Bath Flash Fiction Award and other prizes. She won second place in the Bart Wolffe award & third place in the Open House poetry competition. 

Cheshire boy, London graduate and proud dad, Thomasson has enjoyed a long career as a copywriter in the UK, Saudi Arabia and, currently, Qatar. Turning to poetry more seriously in his mid-fifties, he has been published in PN Review. Thomasson lives in Doha with his wife, youngest daughters and an addiction to overpriced coffee.

The shortlist comprises 10 highly commended prize winners and 3 award winners. The three award winners will be announced live by Katherine Stansfield at the Wales Poetry Award Prizegiving Ceremony at Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival on Saturday 15 February 2020 at 7.30pm. All shortlisted poets will have the opportunity to read their winning poem on the night. Tickets to attend the prizegiving are free for Poetry Wales magazine subscribers and £5/£3 concessions for non-subscribers. 

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6 February 2020