Zillah Bowes and Molly Underwood on Manchester Poetry Prize shortlist

Poetry Society Members Zillah Bowes and Molly Underwood are on a five-strong shortlist in the £10,000 Manchester Poetry Prize that also includes Katie Hale, Libby Hart and Maggie Millner.

Zillah is a writer and filmmaker. She has won the Wordsworth Trust Prize and Poems on the Buses Competition, and was shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, Alpine Fellowship and Listowel Poetry Awards. She has received a Creative Wales Award and was a Hay Festival Writer at Work. Her poems have been published in Mslexia, Wasafiri, The North and The Next Review, among others. Her films include Small Protests, nominated for a Grierson Award, which won the Current Short Cuts Award. She is writing a first poetry collection and several screenplays. Zillah is based in Wales and works regularly in London.

Molly graduated with a degree in English from Queens’, Cambridge in 2014, and has spent most of her time travelling and working abroad since then, in Spain, Ireland and Vietnam. Last year she returned to the U.K. to complete a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Theory. She is currently living and writing in London.

Organised by Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Manchester Poetry Prize is part of the Manchester Writing Competition – the UK’s richest prize for unpublished writing. Launched in 2008 by Creative Director of Manchester Writing School, Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE, to mark the commencement of her laureateship, each year £10,000 is awarded to the winners of the Poetry Prize and Manchester Fiction Prize. The competition encourages new work and seeks out the best creative writing from across the world, establishing Manchester as the focal point for a major international literary award.

This year’s judges are Carol Ann Duffy, Imtiaz Dharker, ‌Adam O’Riordan, and Gillian Clarke. The winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony on Friday February 1 2019 in the atmospheric Baronial Hall at Chetham’s Library in the heart of Manchester.

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7 December 2018