Robert Graves Prize Winners 2018

The Roehampton Poetry Centre, and Wimbledon BookFest, are delighted to announce the winners of the Robert Graves Prize 2018, judged by Professor David Harsent and literary agent Peter Straus, and shortlisted by honorary fellow of the Poetry Centre, Susanna Howard. This prize was kindly sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects.

The overall winner was Clive Watkins, for his poem Mirror, Mirror, which the judges described as ‘one that is marked out by its sure touch with image and a controlled narrative tension’.

Second place went to Graham Burchell for his poem There’s a Crust of Bread on a Tin Plate and third place went to Isabel Palmer for Mimesis.

The prize was awarded at a ceremony at Wimbledon BookFest on Thursday 11 October 2018, immediately after the Robert Graves event with Jean Moorcroft Wilson and William Graves, followed by a reception.

 

 

Robert Graves Prize Winners 2017

 

The Poetry Centre, and Wimbledon BookFest, are delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Robert Graves Prize, judged by Professor Fiona Sampson and literary agent Peter Straus. This prize was kindly sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects.

The overall winner for the 2017 prize was Octavia Lamb, for her poem Ivor Gurney Goes To War. Second place was awarded to Vishvantara for her poem After Schubert. And third place was awarded to Audrey Ardern-Jones, for her poem In the Fifties.

The prize will be awarded at a ceremony and reading at Wimbledon BookFest on Sunday 15th October, immediately after the Robert Graves Society Lecture

Also announced are the winners of the Youth Strand of the inaugural Robert Graves Prize, judged by Professor Fiona Sampson and literary agent Peter Straus.

Tanvi Roberts' poem Whispers was awarded first place, judged as 'a tight, subtle poem, which manages to create a whole atmosphere and narrative with very few words and the lightest of gestures. What's more, its every metaphor inter-relates, so that it's built like a Rubik's Cube. This is highly accomplished work.'

Second place was awarded to Isabella Sharp for her poem Black Madonna, and third place to Elizabeth Townsend for her poems I'd give you the sun, the moon, the trees and A glass heart.