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2016 Flambard Poetry Prize Winners Announced

The winners of the 2016 Flambard Poetry Prize were announced at an event on Monday in Newcastle's Percy Building.

First prize of £1000 went to Bernadette McAloon, and second prize (£250) went to Rachel Plummer. Congratulations to both! 

Of the winning entries, judges Andrew Forster and Linda France said: " Rachel Plummer’s poems have a tightly-controlled imagination that made us curious and rewarded us in equal measure.  She skilfully employs the storyteller’s art, gauging just how much to reveal and when.  Bernadette McAloon’s winning portfolio impressed us with its formal range, its music and mature elegance.  Her submission, both haunted and haunting, had the distinction of such a finely measured resolution, after many readings, we were left not wanting anything to be otherwise"

Alongside the judges, both poets gave wonderful readings from their prizewinning entries, videos of which will be viewable on the NCLA Archive site very soon. 

An anthology of work by all the shortlisted poets is now available via the NCLA's webstore.

published on: 30 November 2016