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22 May 2017

Overton Poetry Prize Launch

About this event

This event marks the launch of the winning pamphlet from the Overton Prize 2016.

Veronica Beedham, winner of the 2016 Overton Prize, will read from A Sense of Place, along with students from Loughborough University.

There will also be refreshments and an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the pamphlet.

The event also marks the official launch of the Overton Prize 2017, which was set up in memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012), a former head of department of the School of the Arts, English and Drama. Entrants are invited to submit a sequence of poems on any subject, of up to 300 lines.

The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form, with two further prizes of £50 each.

Much of Bill’s teaching and writing was on poetry, and the proceeds from this competition fund an early-career poet in residence for Loughborough University. Students from the School can study creative writing modules at undergraduate level, and undertake an MA or PhD in Creative Writing. We hope that this poetry prize, set up in Bill’s memory, will contribute to the creative life of the School and the experience of our students.

The Overton Poetry Prize 2017 will close on 1st September 2017, and the winner will be announced at the end of September 2017.

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