Celebrating 10 years of the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets
Poetry pamphlets are a site for experimentation, innovation and new voices. Over the last 10 years, the Michael Marks Awards have celebrated the poetry pamphlet form, awarding prizes to recognise poets, artists and publishers. Join us in celebrating these important awards in an evening of readings by shortlisted and winning poets from the first 10 years.
Charlotte Gann is a writer and editor whose poems have appeared in The Rialto, The North and Magma, among many others, and her pamphlet, The Long Woman (Pighog Press), was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award in 2012. In 2016 she published a full collection, Noir, with HappenStance. This book – which grew from the seed of the pamphlet – asks the question what are we to do with the darkness? The things, and people, often left silent and invisible. Charlotte studied English at University College London and has an MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development from the University of Sussex.
Christine De Luca writes both in English and Shetlandic, her mother tongue. She was appointed Edinburgh's Makar (laureate) for 2014-2017. Besides several children’s stories and one novel, she has published seven poetry collections and four bi-lingual volumes in French, Italian, Icelandic and Norwegian. Her poems have been selected four times for the Best Scottish Poems of the Year (2006, 2010, 2013 and 2015) for the Scottish Poetry Library online anthologies. She has been a member of Edinburgh’s Shore Poets for 25 years. Christine is a linguistic activist, visiting schools, writing articles and taking part in conferences on mother tongue issues. She is a member of Hansel Cooperative Press which publishes poetry and other literary writings in Shetland and Orkney. She also enjoys translating children’s classics, from Roald Dahl and Julia Donaldson, into Shetlandic.
Richard Scott writes poems which have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, Swimmers, The Poetry of Sex (Penguin) and Butt Magazine. He has been a winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry Mentee and a member of the Aldeburgh 8. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem 'crocodile' won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. Soho (Faber & Faber) is his first book.
Phoebe Stuckes has been a winner of the Foyle Young Poets award four times and is a Barbican Young Poet. She has performed at the Southbank Centre, Wenlock Poetry Festival and was the Ledbury Festival young poet in residence in 2015. Her writing has appeared in the Morning Star, The Rialto, The North and Ambit. Her debut pamphlet, Gin & Tonic is available from Smith|Doorstop books and was shortlisted for The Michael Marks Award 2017.
Omikemi Natacha Bryan has published work in numerous magazines including Ambit and Rialto and featured in Bloodaxe's Ten: poets of the New Generation. Her debut pamphlet poetry collection, If I talked everything my eyes saw, was shortlisted for the 2017 Michael Marks Award. She currently works as an associate writer for Vital Xposure theatre.
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