Mar 29, 2012

Allison McVety Wins the National Poetry Competition

Congratulations to Allison McVety, who has won the National Poetry Competition with her poem, 'To the Lighthouse'.

On winning, Allison McVety said she found achieving first place in the competition “unfeasible and thrilling”. She said, “In the context of the poem, winning the National is like being the most unlikely candidate for head girl and suddenly, in assembly, hearing your name called out”.

Jackie Kay (judging) said:  "We admired the way this poem achieves several things at once. It makes you remember that strange sensation of returning to a book to find it altered only to realise the book hasn’t changed: you have… In three stanzas, this poem captures not just the movement of time (that so obsessed Woolf) but also the passing of time in the poet’s life, the journey from the girl in her exams, to the motherless woman at the end. It is a tour de force. It takes huge leaps and yet is shimmering with small details."

Read the winning poem here (or watch Allison read it below) and find an interview in The Guardian here and an interview with The Poetry School here.


 (From the Poetry Society YouTube channel.)


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