And the winners are…

June 25, 2009

Elizabeth Burns's The Shortest Days (Galdragon Press)The winners for the inaugural Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets have been announced and they are…

Elizabeth Burns for The Shortest Days (Galdragon Press) and Oystercatcher Press, as best UK poetry publisher. The winners were announced last night (24th June). Both winners receive £5,000.

“Ian McMillan, chair of the judges, said: “Elizabeth Burns is an outstanding winner from a very strong shortlist because of the maturity and completeness of this work which fits the pamphlet form perfectly. Oystercatcher Press feels like a publisher taking risks with older and newer writers from outside the perceived centre of British poetry. What is more, their output is ‘pamphlety’ in the extreme.”  – From Bookseller.com

Here’s a lovely piece that somehow passed us by the first time round, by one of the Michael Marks judges Jackie Kay on the pamphlet.

Did you know that we have a room full of them here at the SPL ? Pamphlets being slips of things, they are easily lost among the more bruising spines on our shelves. They are stored upstairs in pamphlet boxes instead.

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