Friday, 10 July 2009
MY TEMPLAR POETRY PAMPHLET
The four winners of the 2009 Templar Poetry & Collection Competition were announced last night and I'm one of them. Yay! Tim Liardet was the judge, so thanks goes to him. (I've been keeping this under my hat for 6 weeks on instruction from the organisers - not easy for a blabber mouth like me!)
How I love pamphlets and chapbooks and I am thrilled to be one of the winners in this competition. My pamphlet is called Portrait of the Artist with a Red Car and the image above is the cover art. Cool! It's appropriate on two leverls: obviously the title poem but there is also a poem called 'Woman and Cosmetics' that mentions 5 different red lipsticks. I love the way they got that in to the design.
I really admire the way Templar produce their pamphlets - the quality is superb: they are proper little books with French flaps and a spine. I have a couple of last year's winners - Siobhán Campbell and Maggie O'Dwyer's ones - and I had poems in their Buzz anthology, which was really what prompted me to enter again this year, with a whole new set of poems.
My fellow winners - congrats to them - are:
Paul Maddern with Kelpdings
David Morley with The Rose of the Moon
Dawn Wood with Connoiseur
The pamphlets will be launched at the Derwent Poetry Festival in October or early November.