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Poetry Business Competition Winners
Thu 3 Mar 2011
NAWE, as sponsor, is delighted to be awarding the prize-winning money to the four winners in this year's Book & Pamphlet competition.
The four first-stage winners of the 2010 Book & Pamphlet Competition, chosen by Simon Armitage, are as follows:
Paul Bentley, Plymouth
"A remarkable, technically sophisticated blend of parody and elegy, personally felt poems interwoven with popular culture, party politics and history both natural and unnatural. Mischievous and moving." — Simon Armitage

Christy Ducker
, Northumberland
"Unsettling and edgy, these poems have the strangeness of myth and the zany logic of nursery rhymes, but for adult ears. A real zest for language and startling imagery." — Simon Armitage

, London
"Nostalgic, but not sentimental or wistful, the poems have a real sense of the here and now. They strike home." — Simon Armitage

David Tait, Cumbria
"Careful and concise poems, like glimpsed scenes and small, intense dramas, full of knowing detail and telling lines. Tender but shrewd." — Simon Armitage
The four winners share £2000 (ie £500 each) in the form of a cheque from NAWE, together with the offer of a free Professional Development Planning session.

Simon Armitage wished also to highly commend the pamphlet by Ian Gregson, some of whose poems will appear alongside the first stage winners in the next issue of the North magazine in April.

Fur further details, see The Poetry Business website.
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