Many, many thanks to everyone who took part in this year's Poetry Pamphlet Prize. There was an extraordinary range of entries, and a great many of them too — as you'll see by taking a look at the long list. It took a lot of thought to get our post bag down to the five finalists:
- David Calcutt: Wintering;
- Leonie Charlton: Ten minutes weather away;
- Paul Jeffcutt: Telling the Bees;
- Bonnie Thurston: Respice Finem: Oxford Revisited; and
- Patricia Helen Wooldridge: Being
and even more thought, still, to decide on the winners. However, with a lot of reading and re-reading, we chose:
Leonie Charlton: Ten minutes weather away
There's an ache at the core of the beauty here, not of self-pity or of indulgence, but of empathy, of griefs, both human and beyond human, that held to the light, recognised, and invite compassion. This is clear-eyed but gracious poetry.
Patricia Helen Wooldridge: Being
Steeped in the natural world and with a quality of observation that takes in more than the surface of things, each exquisite phrase balances on the next to make connections that go on resonating. This is poetry to savour, slowly, and to return to.
Download the full adjudication to find out more about these wonderful winning pamphlets, together with the short list and long list finalists.
Our thanks, again, to everyone who took part, and congratulations to Leonie and Patricia. Except their pamphlets in the early part of next year.