Roehampton Poetry Prize winner announced

The Roehampton Poetry Centre at the University of Roehampton is delighted to announce the winner of the second annual Roehampton Poetry Prize.

Posted: 3 May 2016

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Professor David Harsent chaired the judging panel for the 2015 Roehampton Poetry Prize.
The prize is given for the best poetry collection of the year. The winner of the 2015 prize has been announced as John Glenday’s The Golden Mean, published by Picador.

The award was founded to support poets of every nationality and age who live and work in Britain during the year their books were published. Each year, the eligible poetry collections published in the year from April 1st to April 1st are read by a panel of poet judges, chaired by a member of the Roehampton Poetry Centre. This year’s judges were Mimi Khalvati and Ruth Padel and chaired by Professor David Harsent, Chair of the Roehampton Poetry Centre.

Professor David Harsent said: “The poems in John Glenday’s collection have a sharp immediacy allied to a tense, lyric line. His spiritual response to a closely-observed world is given by means of a hardness of image and a stringent music that endows these often troubling poems with real edge.”

Director of the Roehampton Poetry Centre, Professor Fiona Sampson, said: “It’s a delight to see such a varied shortlist for a major poetry prize. We are particularly pleased that the list includes fine books omitted from other prize shortlists, that the range of shortlisted publishers includes two hugely important independent presses. The Roehampton Prize is already contributing to a better awareness of the wide range of wonderful poetry in Britain today.”

The Roehampton Poetry Centre encourages the writing, reading and study of poetry and aims to bring living poetry into the heart of the University’s English and Creative Writing curriculum. Students are excited and inspired by working alongside the very best poets in Britain and the world today. These include Professor Sampson, and Professor David Harsent, who won the renowned TS Eliot Poetry Prize in 2014.

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