ED2011 Book Reviews

Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2011

The late Glasgow poet Edwin Morgan appeared to the audience in a clip from a 1990 documentary; “poetry can be made out of anything” quoted the event chair, Davie Kinloch. Now in its fourth year, the Poetry Prize presents awards to a handful of poets picked (this year by established poets Vicki Feaver and Kona MacPhee) from hundreds of entries worldwide. The winning poet, Jane McKie, was awarded £5000 for her evocative poem ‘Leper Window, St Mary the Virgin’. The runners-up read their entries and, while all present mentally decided who their winner was, the level of competition was striking. A mention should go to Helen Mort, who would have won ‘Best Recital,’ had such a category existed.

ScottishPower Studio Theatre, Aug 17, 7.00pm (8.00pm), £8.00 – £10.00, bfpp20.