A poem is a meeting place for its readers and its writer – and the poems shortlisted for Forward Prizes are particularly good places for sparking off creative thoughts and conversations. In partnership with the English & Media Centre, we invited students and their teachers to respond to a poem from this year’s shortlist, either with a short critical commentary or a creative response.
Congratulations to the winners
1st place: Freya Buxton (Queen’s School) in response to ‘Day, with Hawk’
Commended: Molly Thompson (King Edward VI High School for Girls)
1st place: Natalie Perman (Withington Girls’ School) for ‘do you remember?’ in response to ‘Do You Speak Persian?’
Highly Commended: Aidan Tulloch (Thirsk School and Sixth Form College) for ‘Lament in A Minor for Fiddle and Great Skua’ in response to ‘Do You Speak Persian?’ and Mahira Mannan (Haggerston School) for ‘Poem’ in response to ‘dinosaurs in the hood’
Commended: Cia Mangat (St Paul’s Girls’ School) and Dominic James (Wren Academy)
Joint 1st place: Katie Kirkpatrick (Soham Village College) for ‘disposable camera’, in response to ‘Good Names for Three Children’ and Eleanor Joan Harvey (International School of Los Angeles) for ‘Sighting of a Highland Sparrow Hawk’, in response to ‘Day, with Hawk’
Commended: Rosie Schierig (Whitley Bay High School) and Iona Bennett (Roundhay School)
1st place: Charlotte Richer (Cherwell School), responding to ‘Assurances’
1st place: Matt Oliver (Bede’s School): ‘Nightjars, Umbria’ in response to ‘Day, with Hawk’
Commended: Olga Dermott-Bond (Rugby High School), Celia Shephard (Dulwich College International Shanghai Pudong) and Neil Bowen (Wells Cathedral School).
Winners were chosen by poet Sinéad Morrissey. Young winners received £100 and a ticket to the Forward Prizes ceremony on 18 September. Teachers won a covetable set of the ten shortlisted collections.