When we started this contest in January 2020 we were hoping for a couple of dozen or so entries.  How wrong can you be!  And how surprised we were by the sheer quality of poetry books submitted.  So much so that instead of picking just ten writers for our shortlist we decided to publish a longlist first, just so we could mention more of the great books we’d received.

‘Amongst our top ten we have various themes: barrack banter, Spanish art, drug addiction and redemption, sexual awakening, personal narratives, the nuclear age, nature and myth, life and death and of course love. Proof, if it were needed that modern poets can shine just as bright as the old familiar names. If you are a true poetry fan I would urge you to click the links below and buy a few copies – you won’t be disappointed, although I should warn you that you may end up crying yourself to sleep having discovered the sheer moving, beauty of words.’ – Dave Lewis

Some fabulous and varied collections that should provide something for all poetry fans.

Shortlist

(in no particular order)

Jackie Biggs – Breakfast in Bed

David J Costello – Heft

Anne Walsh Donnelly – The Woman with an Owl Tattoo

Marc Goldfinger – Heroin’s Harbour

Phoebe Kalid – Everything’s Great And I’m Still Dying

Ewan Lawrie –  Last night I met John Adcock

Kathy Miles – Gardening With Deer

Elizabeth Ridout – Summon

Derek Sellen – The Other Guernica

Jocelyn Simms – Tickling the Dragon


To find out more or buy copies of these great books just click the author / title above.


Longlist

(in no particular order)

Arthur Allen  – The Nurseryman

Chrissy Banks – The Uninvited

Jackie Biggs – Breakfast in Bed

Ian Royce Chamberlain – Not Forgotten

David J Costello – Heft

Anne Walsh Donnelly – The Woman with an Owl Tattoo

Rory Duffy – Guide to the items recovered from the stomach of the last wild whale

Marc Goldfinger – Heroin’s Harbour

Lucy Ingrams – Light-fall

Phoebe Kalid – Everything’s Great And I’m Still Dying

Ewan Lawrie –  Last night I met John Adcock

Simon Maddrell – Throatbone

Antony Mair – Let the wounded speak

Mike McNamara – Dialling A Starless Past

Kathy Miles – Gardening With Deer

Marie Naughton – A Life, Elsewhere

Elizabeth Ridout – Summon

Gareth Alun Roberts – What’s Not Wasted

Roxanna – Me, She & Her

Derek Sellen – The Other Guernica

Jocelyn Simms – Tickling the Dragon

Ruth Stacey – I, Ursula

Mariah Whelan – the love I do to you

James Winder – The History of Eternity


To find out more or buy copies of these great books just click the author / title above.