Lynda Plater takes 37th Frogmore Poetry Prize

Lincolnshire poet Lynda Plater has been awarded this year’s Frogmore Prize by adjudicator Helena Nelson. Lynda has been writing poetry for more than forty years and her work has been published in Rialto, Stand and Verse, among other poetry journals. She has published two pamphlets with Wayleave Press, Three Seasons for Burning and Saving Fruit, of which Rennie Halstead has written: ‘Saving Fruit creates a vivid and memorable picture of life in rural Lincolnshire in the first half of the twentieth century. Plater captures the wildlife, the landscape and the lives of the people living and working in it with a pictorial, almost photographic realism. She has the ability to transport the reader back into the past through her spare imagery and simple language.’ 

Of her Frogmore Prize-winning poem, ‘The Revd. Michael Woolf on his way to a parishioner in need’, Helena Nelson comments: ‘It has imprinted itself on my mind like a painting. I find it strangely compelling, and perfect. The form and thought are precisely matched, beautifully balanced. So much that it doesn’t say! So much it evokes!’

First runner-up is Alison Binney with ‘Party Susan’, which Helena describes as ‘funny and a little sad. I admire the way it appears at first casual – almost awkward – while subtly and tenderly working its magic.’ Second runner-up is Christopher Horton with ‘Elvis Presley Makes it Just In Time for the Charity Event in an English Village’, one of the longest entries for this year’s Prize, but, Helena notes, ‘the reading investment is worth it. It is exquisitely detailed and beautifully rendered: a short story of a poem – a delight.’ Other poets shortlisted were Alex Barr, Sharon Black, Eric C Brown, Charles Evans, Jane Kite, Laura Strickland and Jane Thorp. Their poems will all be published in the September edition of The Frogmore Papers, available from The Frogmore Press for only £5.00, including post & packing.

Lynda Plater


This is plainsong: flat line of marsh,

cordgrass, seeding thrift, sow-thistle,

sliver of sea far out where boats

rest in Humber’s low tide.

Grey seals are wintering: monophony

of their song in cold air

as he cycles between staves

of fields: cassock, the wing of a rook.

Frogmore’s 40th anniversary celebrations

Frogmore marked 40 years of publications on Friday 2 June 2023 with celebratory readings at the New Venture Theatre in Brighton.

Managing Editor Alexandra Loske welcomed an appreciative audience to the venue, and co-founder Jeremy Page provided a brief history of the Press from the early days at the famous Folkestone tearooms to the present in a discourse that embraced the Sex Pistols, Margaret Thatcher, H G Wells and Pizza Hut! Readings by Frogmore poets Caroline Clark, James Flynn, Robin Houghton, John O’Donoghue, Jeremy Page, Janet Sutherland and poet emerita Ros Barber followed. (scroll down for larger views of the photographs).

Frogmore’s 40th anniversary has been further celebrated with the publication of a festschrift entitled, appropriately enough, Frogmore @ 40, which includes writing from every individual Frogmore Press publication and also from the first and one hundredth issues of The Frogmore Papers. Among the writers featured are John Agard, Brian Aldiss, Sophie Hannah, Tobias Hill, Matthew Mead, Grace Nichols, Dorothy Nimmo and Susan Wicks. Copies are available (£5.00 post free) from: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ. Cheques payable to ‘The Frogmore Press’ or email for details of how to pay by BACS or PayPal.

From left to right: Peter Stewart (morphrog), Rachel Playforth, Robin Houghton, Janet Sutherland, Ros Barber, Jeremy Page, Caroline Clark, John O’Donoghue
Alexandra Loske, Caroline Clark, Janet Sutherland
Caroline Clark, Janet Sutherland, John O’Donoghue, Ros Barber, James Flynn, Robin Houghton
Jeremy Page
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Caroline Clark and Jeremy Page