Alison Brackenbury to judge Poetry Space Competition 2014

I am delighted that Alison Brackenbury will be judging Poetry Space International Poetry Competition 2014.


Poet and Broadcaster, Alison Brackenbury was born in 1953 in Lincolnshire. She went to the village school at Willoughton and then to Brigg High School. She studied for an English degree at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

She has worked as a librarian in a technical college (1976-83), then as a part-time accounts and clerical assistant (1985-1989). From 1990 until her retirement in 2012, she worked in the family metal finishing business. She is married, with one daughter, and lives in Gloucestershire.

She is a recipient of the Eric Gregory Award and The Cholmondeley Award for her poetry and her latest collection Then was published by Carcanet.

In 2005 Alison was on the judging panel for The National Poetry Competition.

This will be the fifth Poetry Space Competition since its inception in 2010. The theme is an open one – previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines on any subject will be accepted. Poets entering must be adults of 16 or over.

The competition will open for entries on November 1st this year and close on June 30th 2014 at midnight British Time.

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