Thursday, 25 June 2009

if:booklets

"The winners of the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets have been announced and demonstrate the rich spectrum of poetry being published in the UK. Elizabeth Burns has won the pamphlet award for her lyrical and elegiac The Shortest Days (Galdragon Press)and experimental Oystercatcher Press has won the UK poetry publisher award."

The winners were announced last night by Ian McMillan, Chair of the judges, at an awards celebration at the British Library. Ian was hilarious as ever, Daljit Nagra did a great job as MC and Richard Price gave a witty and erudite talk on the history of the form.

I bought a copy of QUOT by the poet and artist known as Seekers of Lice who deigned to sign my copy of her beautiful booklet printed on see through paper.

This new poetry award is a partnership between the British Library and the Poetry Book Society - of which I'm now a member of the board - with the generous support of the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.

I find the whole topic of pamphlets incredibly inspiring for our work online and came away with loads of ideas for if:booklets which I will try to put into some order shortly.

Meanwhile we've had a wonderful response to our call for vounteers to try out the FICTIONAL STIMULUS. Thanks to you all - we'll be in touch soon.

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