Day Fourteen: Judging Torbay

One of the great and abiding delights of ‘small’ poems is the discovery that we and a poet are making similar stumbling pathways through similarly problematic little worlds.  I am using the idea of a ‘small’ poem in the sense of unambitious in the scope of its chosen subject. Small is absolutely not pejorative, nor […]

Day Nine: Judging Torbay

I have spent the past three days on my second trawl through the Torbay submissions pile.  Three hundred and fifty poems survived the first read-through and found themselves in the generous fat folder  called ‘the possibles’.  Meaning that it was possible they would find themselves on the shortlist – if they were among the twenty […]

Day Six: Judging Torbay

If a poem is telling the truth, it will ring true… but only if its author really listens to what the poem wants to say. Three momentous events are featuring quite regularly in the Torbay submissions pile. The First World War, unsurprisingly, since we are currently living through the years of its centenary.  The migrant […]

Day Two: Judging Torbay

Melancholy, but inevitable day…. I have been doing my first read-through to discover the imaginary line which divides the Torbay poems which might make the eventual shortlist from the poems which will not. I am being generous at this stage, of course, determined not to overlook a poem which deserves more admiration than I gave […]

Day One: Judging Torbay

Nine hundred poems on my desk.  What if one of them blindsides me?  What if I let a work of breathtaking excellence pass me by?  What if I am THE TORBAY FESTIVAL COMPETITION JUDGE WHO FAILED TO SPOT THE FUTURE WINNER OF THE FORWARD PRIZE?  At the start of the first day’s judging, that terror […]

Sue Boyle & Safe Passage

Originally posted on Rebecca Gethin:
Sue Boyle is the new Featured Writer. Her latest book, Safe Passage, published by Oversteps Books is heart-achingly beautiful, from the shadowy, sparse lines of the cover (a wood engraving by Aldo Patocchi) to all the poems in the collection. She examines both safe and unsafe passages in this book…

Competition Notes

There are now ten separately themed Pages under the menu heading Judging in Torbay 2016, all designed to help you choose which of your poems to submit, and what it might be useful to think about when getting a poem ready for the post.There is also a Thumbnails page, at the top of the list, […]

In Performance 16th June 2016

It is an extraordinary and magical experience to hear just one of your poems performed by someone as if it were their own. Not, of course, as in plagiarism, but in the sense that any good singer will take complete possession of any song.  When a song comes truly alive, for its duration, the composer […]

Report from the Judenplatz

Drama teachers from Heathfield School and The Space are preparing a new production of Report from the Judenplatz for the Page to Stage Evening at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton on Thursday 16th June.  With actors Jerry Hardingham, Carla St. Louis, David Duthie, Aileen St. John, Matt Bryden, Carl Holmes, Peta Braisby, Steph Foster, Leigh […]