Bulletin - "In the Offing"
“... in the offing ...”
– not very distant;
close enough to be seen;
ready or likely to happen
Tickets for this year's May festival are still available, so avoid the on-the-door hassle and bustle by booking online now. Hurry, they're moving fast ...
Since the announcement of our lineup, Bryan Appleyard has unfortunately had to withdraw from the festival due to illness. The event in which he was scheduled to take part - a conversation with William Sieghart, founder of the Forward Prizes for Poetry - will still go ahead, with Tim Leese in the interviewer's chair. Regrettably, this development occurred long after our major publicity launch - for which, our apologies ...
The PNTS Open Poetry Competition for 2013 has been won by Clare Kirwan, with her wonderful piece "The Bone Gardener". A very strong field of over 250 entries produced a genuine contest for the top places, with the overall standard extremely high; there were many poems here that survived repeated readings and kept asserting their identities, so well done to everyone who took part, whether you were placed, highly commended/commended, or didn't quite make the cut. Heidi Williamson's adjudication will be unveiled at our winner's event on Saturday 11th May at 11.00 am, so please join us to celebrate some great writing direct from the grass-roots of poetry.
Click here for the full results and the winning entries
Similarly, we are pleased to announce that the winner of our PNTS Undergraduate Prize (run jointly with the UEA School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing) is Kate Duckney. Kate achieved the highest result in her third-year dissertation module, the substance of which was to produce - under supervision - a substantial poetry project. Kate will also appear at our winner's event, where in addition to receiving a cheque for £200, she will be reading a short selection of work from her project. We hope to feature some background input regarding the selection process from a member of the UEA Creative Writing school. Our sincere thanks go to Jacob Huntley, and to Sarah Sheldrake of the Development Office in the Registry of UEA, for all her hard work in helping us to establish this exciting new initiative.
Read about what happened when Ian McMillan & Tony Husband grabbed this year's Education Programme at Alderman Peel High School in February, - and ran and ran with it - by clicking here.