Newly appointed Canal Laureate Luke Kennard promises to bring “the perspective of the curious, lost pedestrian” to his tenure, Iain Galbraith, winner of the Popescu Prize 2015, describes the translator’s art, Tom Warner inaugurates our new series on poets’ occupations and preoccupations in The Day Job, and Gerry Byrne, psychotherapist, explores the relationship between poetry and the unconscious. Jane Draycott‘s article (and linked audio) follows the strange trail left by the Dutch modernist masterpiece, ‘Awater’.
Plus… Nicola Mayne, winner of the Anne Born Prize 2015, on the benefits of being mentored, Gill McEvoy on winning the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets, Carole Bromley reports from a recent northern Stanza meeting in York, Graham Burchell celebrates winning this year’s Stanza Poetry Competition, and we toast Jenny Burville-Riley’s success in the Timothy Corsellis Prize 2015.
This issue’s members’ poems competition looked ahead to next year’s Shakespeare 400 celebration. A.E. Stallings picked six of the best members’ poems written in response to a Shakespearean sonnet. Congratulations to the winners: Miles Burrows, Carole Bromley, Lydia Harris, Nairn Kennedy, Anna Kisby and Jane Kite.