Robert Graves Poetry Prize
Robert Graves Poetry Prize 2020
In partnership with Roehampton University
Prize money (£1,000) sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects
Winner: Catherine Edmunds - Exposed Limestone Pavement
Arji Manuelpillai – Sandwich
Kevin Smith – Into the Mist
Under 19s Winner: Alexandra Surprenant - Kankakee, Where My Cousins Live
Emma Miao - Aubade with Two Lungs and a Hospital Bed
The Prize, named after poet, historical novelist and critic Robert Graves, is now in its fourth year. It’s open to emerging and established poets and unrestricted by location, genre, or subject.
2019 Winner: Andre Mangeot – ‘Scrimshaw’. Runners up: Sharon Black - ‘Surprisingly’ & Mark Fiddes – ‘El Pacto De Olvido
2018 Winner: Clive Watkins for his poem 'Mirror, Mirror'.
2017 Winner: Octavia Lamb, 'Ivor Gurney Goes to War'.
Paul O’Prey is former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Roehampton, London, and a Professor of Modern Literature. After studying at Oxford in the 1970s, he spent time assisting the poet Robert Graves at his home in Mallorca. He has edited Graves’s Selected Poems for Penguin, Graves’s essays on poetry, as well as two volumes of his correspondence with other writers.
Bridget Minamore is a British-Ghanaian writer from south-east London. She is a poet, critic, dramaturg, teacher, and journalist, and a regular contributor to The Guardian about theatre. Titanic (Out-Spoken Press), her debut pamphlet of poems on modern love and loss, was published in May 2016.
Peter Straus is a literary agent and founder of The Lost Man Booker Prize. His authors have won every literary acclaim, from the Booker to the Nobel Laureate. His extensive author list includes household names such as Carol Ann Duffy, Kate Atkinson, Kazuo Ishiguro and Colm Toíbín.
Illustration: Sydney James