Ron Scowcroft wins 34th Frogmore Poetry Prize

This year’s Prize has been awarded by adjudicator Maria Jastrzębska to Ron Scowcroft for his poem ‘Greylags in Fog’.

Ron Scowcroft, winner of the 2020 Frogmore Poetry Prize

Originally from Greater Manchester, Ron has lived in the Lancaster area since 1985. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies and on literary websites. They have also featured in exhibitions by artists Jayne Simpson and John Morrison and been adapted for video by Morph Films. His pamphlet Moon Garden was published by Wayleave Press in 2014. Ron is a founder member of Lancaster based April Poets.

 

Of his winning poem Maria Jastrzębska commented: ‘‘Greylags in Fog’, was a poem I returned to for its tenderness. I read it as a love poem. Between people and also between people and nature, the animal world. Everyone can identify with that sense of being lost in a fog – the utter relief of being found. I loved the backward and forwards of the poem’s ‘call and response’. It’s a poem written with the utmost simplicity and spareness capturing something as intangible as a moment. It doesn’t preach or try to convince but tells its story with great lightness of touch.’

Ron wins the sum of 250 guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers.

This year’s runners-up were Simon Maddrell with ‘The snow leopard bites its own tail’ and Chloe Balcomb with ‘Blether’. Other poets shortlisted were Sarah Barr, Lia Brooks, Wendy Klein, Rebekah Miron and Rosamund Taylor.

All shortlisted poems will be published in the September edition of The Frogmore Papers, available for £5.00 (post free) from:
The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.

Frogmore news: Frogmore Papers 95, morphrog 20, and deadline for the Frogmore Poetry Prize 2020

The Frogmore Papers’ 95th number has now been published (ahead of the arrival of spring!) and contains exciting new work from writers of poetry and prose and contemporary artists. The issue features poetry by Sharon Black, D A Prince, Myra Schneider and many more, including translations of work by Italian poets Sara Comuzzo and Paolo Febbraro. There are new translations of the Lesbia poems of Catullus by Isobel Williams, artwork by Leona Akehurst, and flash fiction by Craig Dobson, Matt Gillick, Michael Loveday and Catherine Smith. The issue boasts a striking cover design by Paris-based artist Eva Bodinet and contributions from Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Scotland and the USA, making this one of our most international issues ever. The Frogmore Papers number 95 celebrates 37 years of Frogmore and is available post-free from the Press or, for locals, from Sky Lark bookshop in the Needlemakers, Lewes. The submission window for number 96 of the Papers is 1 – 30 April.

morphrog celebrated its tenth birthday in January with the publication of morphrog 20. ‘Poetry in the extreme’ from Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Sara Comuzzo, Izzy Lamb, Angela Kirby, Chris McDermott, Gerry Stewart, Roger Suffling and Anthony Watts is complemented by stunning photographic images from Martin Kay. The submission window for morphrog 21 is 1–31 May.

And finally a reminder that the deadline for submissions to this year’s Frogmore Poetry Prize is 31 May. Full details are available here. This year’s adjudicator is widely-published Brighton poet Maria Jastrzębska, who will read all entries. The author of the winning poem will receive the sum of two hundred and fifty guineas (£262.50 in new money) and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers as well as joining an illustrious list of past winners. All shortlisted poems will be published in the September edition.

New Frogmore Papers out now (in shocking lime green!), and other news

Number 94 of The Frogmore Papers is out now and includes a feast of prose, with short stories by Andrew Blair, Peter Kenny and Natalya Lowndes alongside the usual crop of excellent poetry from the likes of Robert Hamberger, Christine McNeill, D A Prince and J S Watts. The lime green cover was designed by David Atkinson.

The issue also includes the entire shortlist from this year’s Frogmore Poetry Prize, headed by Polly Walshe’s winning poem ‘Our District’, of which adjudicator John O’Donoghue writes ‘(It) has the atmosphere of certain poems by those great East European poets Czeslaw Milosz or Zbigniew Herbert, of the fabulous short story by Ursula Le Guin, ‘The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas’, and unfolds like a parable’.

94 is selling fast, so if you’d like a copy send us a cheque for £5.00 and we’ll put one in the post (or if you live in Lewes or hereabouts pop into Skylark in the Needlemakers and buy a copy from Matt).

Submissions are invited for the next edition of morphrog, the Papers’ sister publication promising ‘poetry in the extreme’. Send up to six poems in a single Word document to morphrog@gmail.com

And finally, next Sunday (20 October 2019) Jonathan Edwards will be reading at the Forward Prizes Ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. We are delighted that his poem ‘The Bridge’, which was first published in number 92 of The Frogmore Papers and was shortlisted by Janet Sutherland for last year’s Frogmore Prize, has reached the shortlist for the Forward Best Individual Poem. We’ll be cheering him on.

Frogmore Poetry Prize 2019 – winners announced

The 33rd Frogmore Poetry Prize has been awarded to Oxford writer and painter Polly Walshe, for her poem ‘Our District’. Adjudicator John O’Donoghue comments: ‘I have read the poem over and over and find new depths and meaning in it every time. There was no poem quite like ‘Our District’ in the great sheaf of poems I read.’  Polly wins 250 guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers.

Polly Walshe, winner of the 2019 Frogmore Poetry Prize

Runners-up were Michael Swan, for ‘We Refugees’, which ‘brings home to the reader how the legacy of oppression remains, how the feeling of contingency and uncertainty never leaves anyone who has fled war and persecution in lives of great economy and power’, and Robert Hamberger for ‘Sleeping with Uncertainty’, a sonnet exploring the uncertainty those facing a potential cancer diagnosis have to endure.

The other shortlisted poems – by Tony Hendry, Miriam Patrick, David Shields, Ben Strak, Michael Swan (again) and J S Watts – all possess the qualities O’Donoghue was looking for in his choices: ‘originality of voice, facility with the craft of poetry and felicity of expression’.

All poems will be published in the September edition of The Frogmore Papers, available post-free from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ for £5.

The Frogmore Papers 93 now available, post-free

As The Frogmore Papers approach their 36th birthday, the 93rd issue has been published. With poetry from  James Aitchison, Sharon Black, Maggie Butt, Ian Caws, Stuart Pickford, Gill McEvoy, Clare Best, Neil Gower, Fred Johnston, Nancy Mattson, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Karen Smith, Michael Curtis, Fokkina McDonnell, David Shields, and many others, prose from Mark Czanik, as well as reviews of latest literary publications, the issue promises and delivers a very varied read. The cover design is by Guildford-based artist Jane Chapman, who was also responsible for the cover of The Frogmore Papers’ 27th edition back in 1990!

Available post-free from the Frogmore Press at £5. Also at Skylark in Lewes. 

 

Frogmore Prize shortlist published in the Papers

The 92nd edition of The Frogmore Papers has now been published.

Frogmore Papers No. 92
Artwork by Patrick Marrin

The issue features a cover by Folkestone artist Patrick Marrin depicting the Christ Church Tower in the town, situated no more than a hundred yards from the site of the Frogmore Tea-Rooms, where the Papers were founded in 1983.

All the poems shortlisted for the Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018 are published in the magazine, including ‘On the Subject of Fracking’ by Emily Wills, which won her the Prize for the fourth time. The runners-up by Rosie Jackson and Carole Coates also appear, as do shortlisted poems by Jonathan Edwards, Wendy Klein, Jeni Mills, Miriam Patrick, Susannah Violette and Margaret Wilmot, and new poetry from Michael Curtis, Robert Etty, Jessica Mookherjee, Catherine Smith, Michael Swan, Howard Wright and many others. H Alder provides the prose.

The Frogmore Papers are available post-free for £5.00 from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ, or can be purchased at Skylark, Lewes’s independent bookshop in the Needlemakers.

Frogmore Papers No 91 and calls for submissions Frogmore Poetry Prize

Frogmore Papers 91 cover, by Christopher Lewis

Thirty-five years on from publication of the first Frogmore Papers the 91st edition has been published. Featuring poetry by Denise Bennett, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Ian Caws, Robin Houghton, Fiona Moore, Myra Schneider and others, prose by Bahar Brunton, Antony Johae and Jane McLaughlin, and artwork by Dee Sunshine, the issue sports a striking cover by Christopher Lewis.

Available post-free for £5 from The Frogmore Press, cash or cheques (payable to The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, BN7 1PJ).

The deadline for submissions to the thirty-second Frogmore Poetry Prize is 31 May 2018.  Details HERE. Adjudicator Janet Sutherland will read all entries.

Submissions are invited for the July edition of morphrog (‘poetry in the extreme’). Send up to six poems in a single Word document to: morphrog@gmail.com