Dr Katharine Craik has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize for Poetry for her poem 'Succession' Sunday, 20 October 2013 Whilst Dr Katharine Craik's academic research examines Renaissance and eighteenth-century literature, she has been involved in the creative arts for a number of years. She is a successful librettist, and her work in this field has included a commission by ENO in 2004 and youth operas at Glyndebourne and W11 Opera. Her most recent libretto was for an opera entitled The Quicken Tree based on Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, which was written in collaboration with composer Dee Isaacs, and performed in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens in March 2011. She is currently working on ‘Watching’, a project on the Renaissance history of sleep science, with collaborators at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Oxford. Katharine will be writing a new piece of musical theatre to be performed in the landmark glasshouses of Edinburgh's Royal Botanical Gardens in April 2015. Founded by Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset in 1973, the Bridport Prize aims 'to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence', and it has established itself as one of the most significant poetry prizes in the UK, attracting thousands of entries from 70-80 different countries each year. This year's poetry prize was judged by Wendy Cope. One previous winner was the Department's own Tobias Hill, who won the Bridport's poetry prize in 1994 and the short story prize in 1996.