Hill & Holloway-Smith shortlisted for Roehampton Poetry Prize

Hill & Holloway-Smith shortlisted for Roehampton Poetry Prize

Wayne Holloway-Smith’s debut collection Alarum has been shortlisted for the third Roehampton Poetry Prize alongside Selima Hill’s 17th book of poetry, The Magnitude of My Sublime Existence, and two other collections. The shortlist was announced on 28 June 2017 along with news of the winner, Denise Riley, for her book Say Something Back

Judge Elaine Feinstein said of the two Bloodaxe shortlisted collections:

"Selima Hill has a beguiling assurance which gives an odd authority to her troubled inner landscape. Wayne Holloway-Smith is clearly an adventurous new voice."

Details of the award and all the shortlisted poets are here.

On 30 June 2017 it was announced that Wayne Holloway-Smith’s poem ‘Short’ had won The Poetry Society’s 2016 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for the best poem in The Poetry Review during 2016. The Prize, which is awarded annually to a poem by a poet who hadn’t, at the time their work appeared, published a full collection, was judged this year by poet Jane Yeh. Describing Holloway-Smith’s ‘Short’, she said:

“Filled with continual surprises, ‘Short’ twists and turns as erratically as a car gone out of control, or perhaps as its speaker’s emotions have gone out of control. The irregular line lengths and lack of punctuation and capital letters reflect the disjunction of his or her thoughts, giving the poem a sense of improvisation and immediacy that draws the reader in. Such improvisation is, however, an illusion, as the poem’s artful construction, its patterns of repetition and anaphora, reveals.”

Click here to read the full announcement. 'Short' is the final poem in Wayne Holloway-Smith’s first full-length collection Alarum.



Selima Hill's The Magnitude of My Sublime Existence was The Observer's Poetry Book of the Month on 29 May 2016

‘Selima Hill’s latest collection draws on the experience of psychiatric patients, metamorphic animals and erotic encounters in search of inner freedom’:

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Wayne Holloway-Smith's first full-length collection Alarum was published by Bloodaxe in March 2017.

The Poetry Extension’s Poet of the Month: Wayne Holloway-Smith, online Monday 15 May 2017

The Poetry Extension’s founder and curator, Natalya Anderson, interviews our inaugural Poet of the Month – the shy, lionhearted, frighteningly-intelligent, Wayne Holloway-Smith.

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'enviably good.. hilarious and witty, it’s also terrifically sad, but wears its tragedy so lightly at first it’s hard to notice. - John Challis writing about Alarum for The Poetry School

Click here to read the full review


Click here to read an interview with Wayne Holloway-Smith on Poetry Spotlight.


[04 July 2017]

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