Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jane Yeh poem shortlisted in Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition 2011

Monday, 11 July 2011


Oxford Brookes Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Jane Yeh, has had a poem shortlisted in the Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition, to be announced on 17th August 2011 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Jane's poem, 'Four Sisters: Sargent's The Daughters of Edward D. Boit' is one of five shortlisted poems, all by female poets, in this year's Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition.  Jane, along with the other authors, will be performing her poems at the prize-giving ceremony at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on August 17th.  Anyone can read and vote for the shortlisted poems on the competition website and view the judges' comments too. The Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition is run annually in honour of the renowned Glaswegian poet who passed away last year. Edwin himself, widely recognised as one of the most significant poets of the twentieth century, achieved a great many awards and honours for his poetry, including an OBE in 1982, the Soros Translation Award (1985), The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry (2000), the Weidenfeld Translation Prize (2001) and the Jackie Forster Memorial Award for Culture (2003). With a first prize of £5,000 and runners'-up prizes of £1,000, £500 and £50, this is one of the richest poetry prizes in Britain and last year attracted over 1,000 entries. The prizes are made available through the generous sponsorship of The University of Strathclyde. Further sponsorship and help is provided by The Edinburgh International Book Festival which also hosts the annual prize-giving in August each year. Jane is delighted to have been shortlisted: "I'm honoured to be on a shortlist with such an interesting and accomplished group of poems; vote for your favourite on the competition's website!"