2010 Competition Winner: Paul Bentley
In 2010 Paul Bentley entered his manuscript Largo into the competition and caught the judges’ eyes. It was shortlisted for the 2012 Michael Marks Award (together with Maitreyabandhu’s The Bond).
'At the centre of Largo is a long poem about the miners' strike. Bentley's technically sophisticated poem interweaves deep personal feeling with popular culture, history and party politics.' — Alan Jenkins, Carola Luther, Tanya Kirk
Of winning the Book and Pamphlet Competition, Paul said “It was like Rotherham Utd going up, finding themselves among teams that can really play. Part of the excitement was reading the other winning pamphlets”.
Though Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21
in C Major
had you staring heavenward, from my arms,
it was Dvorák’s Largo
from Symphony No. 9
(the Hovis music, to you and me)
that did the trick, and finally got you down.
As if you remembered, as you drifted off,
climbing a cobbled street, sad and steep,
and seemingly never-ending; or the massed bank
of Leeds supporters, intoning it
wherever they went, still adrift from Division 1.
Full details of the 2012/13 Book & Pamphlet Competition here