Margaret Wilmot wins Frogmore Prize 2021

Adjudicator Clare Best has awarded this year’s Frogmore Poetry Prize to Margaret Wilmot for her poem ‘The hands’ part’. Margaret was born in Berkeley and attended the University of California. She taught English in the Mediterranean and New York before moving to Sussex in 1978, where she continued to teach. Her poetry has appeared in various British magazines including Acumen, ARTEMIS poetry, The Frogmore Papers, Magma, Oxford Poetry, The Rialto, and The North. Smiths Knoll published a pamphlet in 2013 entitled Sweet Coffee and The High Window published her collection – Man Walking on Water with Tie Askew – in 2019. She is represented in Poetry South East 2021.

The hands’ part by Margaret Wilmot

He puts the chisel down, surveys
the window

emerged out of the wood,
almost a porthole

(he with no home port)

String it, and it might play – no,
not even in his dreams –

he sweeps up chips

makes black tea

sands, for days

One evening rubs a small disc
silken

to wire in that space his eye keeps
slipping through

Runners-up for the Prize were Stephen Keeler (Ullapool) and Mike Barlow (Lancaster). Poems by Mike Barlow (again), K I Colombus, Cróna Gallagher, Marion Hobday, Vanessa Lampert, Nick Pearson and Anne Stewart were shortlisted.

All shortlisted poems will be published in number 98 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2021), available for £5.00 (post free) from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ. Please email frogmorepress@gmail.com for details of how to pay by BACS or PayPal.

Clare Best to adjudicate 35th annual Frogmore Poetry Prize

We are very pleased to announce that the Frogmore Prize for 2021 will be adjudicated by Clare Best.

Clare Best. Photo: FreddieWillatt

Clare Best’s most recent books are her prose memoir The Missing List (Linen Press, 2018) and a new poetry collection Each Other, published by Waterloo Press in autumn 2019. A pamphlet End of Season will come out with Coast to Coast to Coast in spring 2021. Other publications include Excisions; Breastless; CELL; Springlines. Recent work has appeared in Agenda, Envoi and Finished Creatures. Website: www.clarebest.co.uk

Clare will read all entries for the Prize.

The 2020 Frogmore Prize was won by Ron Scowcroft, who joins a long list of winners which includes Sharon Black, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci, Lesley Saunders and Emily Wills since its inception in 1987. The winner of the 2021 Prize will receive the sum of two hundred and fifty guineas (£262.50) and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Full details are available at http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/frogmore-poetry-prize/frogmore-poetry-prize-2021/.

All shortlisted poems will be published in number 98 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2021).

London Calling – from the faraway towns

London Calling and other stories by Frogmore Papers editor Jeremy Page will be launched at two events this month.

On Wednesday 17 October he will be reading at Waterstones in Brighton with Cultured Llama stablemates Vanessa Gebbie and Louise Tondeur.

Tickets are available in advance from:
https://www.waterstones.com/events/cultured-llama-an-evening-with-louise-tondeur-jeremy-page-and-vanessa-gebbie/brighton

On Wednesday 24 October he will be reading upstairs at the Elephant and Castle in Lewes (White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ), with fellow Frogmore writers Clare Best and Kay Syrad. Clare will be reading from her memoir The Missing List while Kay will read from her new collection of poems Inland. This is a free event. All welcome. Doors at 7.00 pm, readings from 7.30:
http://www.culturedllama.co.uk/events/jeremy-page-launches-london-calling-in-lewes

London Calling is available direct from Cultured Llama or can be ordered through your local bookshop. In Lewes it is available from Skylark in the Needlemakers.