Robert Graves Poetry Prize

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