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Overton Poetry Prize 2016


Helen Calcutt (Poet In Residence 2016)

Dr Kerry Featherstone (Poet and Lecturer in English)

1st Prize: Veronica Beedham with A Sense of Place

Runner-up: Martyn Crucefix

Runner-up: Andy Hopkins

A Sense of Place is a wide-ranging collection in which Veronica Beedham takes the reader from the chimney stacks of an old home to The Great Lakes, passing by landscapes from Yorkshire, a motorway service station and an evening in New England. In each case, the detail and personal involvement make the poems beautiful.

“Accomplished in form and deeply lyrical: it has a fearlessness that I like. It gives you the sort of poetry that feels like it is being created right in front of you, that walks up and comes towards you...” - Helen Calcutt
“Each of these poems deftly establishes a location: interior or exterior, homely or menacing, close by or long distant; they all have a focus on being alive to the setting. The engagement of the poet in the detail of location draws in the reader and delivers a sense of place in a way that few writers can.” - Dr Kerry Featherstone

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