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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 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