Mark Ford - world-renowned poet (Faber), editor (Ashbery), critic, and professor (UCL), has been reading a stellar group of poets, and will be sending his judge's report to us next week.... get ready for the announcement of the winner NEXT WEEK. Here is a list of the brilliant shortlist OF TEN BRILLIANT UK/IRISH POETS 35 YEARS OR UNDER:
Niall Bourke is from Kilkenny, in Ireland, but now lives in London. He teaches English Literature at St Michael’s College in Bermondsey and in 2015 he finished an MA in creative writing and teaching at Goldsmiths University of London. He writes both poetry and prose and has been published in a number of journals and magazines in the UK and Ireland, including; The Galway Review,  Southbank Poetry, Magma, Three Drops From A Cauldron, Prole, Holdfast Magazine and Ink Sweat and Tears. In 2015 he was longlisted for The Short Story competition and has been twice shortlisted for the Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year Award (for both poetry and fiction). He has also been shortlisted The 2015 Costa Short Story Award and The 2016 Bare Fiction Poetry Prize and has had poems selected for the Eyewear Best New British and Irish Poetry Anthology 2015 and 2016.
Jenna Clake is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on the feminine and feminist Absurd in twenty-first century British and American poetry. She is also the Poetry and Arts Editor for the Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language. Her poetry has appeared in Poems in WhichThe BohemythQueen Mob’s Teahouse and more. 
Tom Clucas completed his D.Phil. in English at the University of Oxford, where he won the Lord Alfred Douglas, Graham Midgley Memorial, Eugene Lee-Hamilton, and English Poem on a Sacred Subject prizes for poetry. Most recently, he has published poems in the Oxford Magazine, the Literateur, and Mistress Quickly's Bed, as well as a range of articles on British poetry in academic journals. He currently runs the St Edmund Hall Writers' Directory and Forum, and has given numerous poetry readings in England and Germany.
Patrick Davidson Roberts was born in 1987 and grew up in the North-East of England; in Sunderland and Durham. In 2014 he was awarded a PhD in the poetry of Philip Larkin and others. He established The Next Review, a bi-monthly print magazine of poetry and criticism, in 2013 and is its editor. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton's Poetry Centre, and a contributing editor to The Poetry Archive. His poetry and criticism has been published widely both in print and online. He lives and works in London.
Afshan D'souza-Lodhi writes plays, prose, performance pieces and poetry. She runs the Women in the Spotlight programme - a BAME/LBT woman's writing for performance programme at Commonword/Cultureword. She has performed and written pieces for Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Z-Arts, The Southbank Centre, The International Poetry Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Manchester Literature Festival and Contact. Catch her on twitter @ashlodhi on her website, one she hardly ever updates www.afshan.info 
Maker, worker, writer, Ben Gwalchmai has worked with international opera and theatre companies, written for national newspapers and international journals, had several fiction and non-fiction publications as editor and writer, produced innovative pervasive media projects, and has won awards for his work. His satirical novel, Purefinder, is available in all good bookstores and online.

Anna Mace was born in Devon and is a writer and poet.  Having studied Fine Art in Oxford, Anna Mace is keen to merge the boundaries between text, art, science and performance, experimenting with different creative media and seeking to engage with a broad audience.  Inspiration comes from modernist, symbolism and experimental poetry traditions.  Between writing she works as a teacher and has lived abroad in Asia and Europe but now resides in Bristol, UK.  This year she is involved in a number of projects including: writing poetry alongside fellow poet Steven Fowler for the bookart edition two and three, Revolve:R (collective of 30 international and UK based artists).    Revolve:R has held exhibitions (2014) nationally and internationally and will be exhibiting work from its current edition (including her poetry) in 2017.  Her poem 'Elements: 79' inspired Rammatik (Film and Media winners 2014), to create a video work entitled Eclipse (2015, music composition Thomas Garside).  The UK based, installation filmmakers OneFiveWest created a short film in response to her poem entitled, Not I  and Maria Anastasiou to create the film,  Gravity, to her poem, 'The Earth Hums Mohini'.
David Spittle has recently completed a PhD on the poetry of John Ashbery and Surrealism. He has published reviews in Hix Eros and PN Review. David’s poetry has been published in Blackbox Manifold, Datableed, The Literateur, 3am, Shadowtrain, Butcher’s Dog, and has been translated into French courtesy of Black Herald Press. In addition to poetry, he has written the libretti to three operas, performed at various venues around Cardiff and at Hammersmith Studios in London. In 2014 David was commissioned to write a song cycle for the Bergen National Opera, which has since been performed internationally. He blogs at http://themidnightmollusc.blogspot.co.uk
Jacqueline Thompson is from Arbroath in Scotland and recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Edinburgh. Her poems have appeared in The Scotsman, New Writing Scotland, Gutter, For A’ That (Dundee University Press), In On the Tide (Appletree Writers Press), Double Bill (Red Squirrel Press) and From Arthur’s Seat (Egg Box Publishing). Her work will appear in Poetry Ireland Review in December. She was shortlisted for the Grierson Verse Prize 2013 and the Westport Arts Festival Poetry Prize 2016.
Alex Wylie grew up on the Fylde coast, Lancashire, and now teaches modern literature at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2011, he was included in Carcanet’s New Poetries V, and has published widely in journals and anthologies in the UK and Ireland. As well as writing poetry, he is also a critic, and has recently published critical work in such journals as Essays in Criticism, Cambridge Quarterly, English, Literary Imagination, and PN Review.




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