Poetry Business New Poets’ Prize with Serena Alagappan, Tom Branfoot, Beth Davies & Chloe Elliott
Sunday 28th May
Theatre Deli, Arley St, S2 4QP
16:00 – 17:00
£3 – £12
[Captioned & Wheelchair Accessible]
Since 2016, the Poetry Business New Poets’ Prize has offered publication and development opportunities to poets aged 17-24. These four poets are the winners of the 2022 prize, and have been working with The Poetry Business to develop their pamphlet collections, which will be freshly published for the festival.
These poems deal with some vital themes and ideas; the uneasy approach of adulthood; the delicate balance of our changing climate, the inhospitable nature of the UK under austerity and the boundaries of identity.
About the Poets
The Poetry Business is a longstanding festival partner, and is a publisher and writer development organisation based in Sheffield, founded in1986 and run by Peter and Ann Sansom. They publish Smith|Doorstop Books and The North magazine.
Serena Alagappan received her A.B. in comparative literature and creative writing from Princeton University in 2020. She is currently pursuing an MSt in World Literatures in English at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and editing poetry for the thirtieth annual Mays Anthology. Her poems have appeared in The London Magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, the Colorado Review, and elsewhere.
Tom Branfoot is a poet and writer from Bradford, currently studying for his MA in English: Issues in Modern Culture at UCL. His writing has been published in Washington Square Review, The Babel Tower Notice Board, Murmur, and other publications. His debut pamphlet I’ll Splinter (2021) is published by Pariah Press.
Beth Davies (she/her) is an emerging poet based in Sheffield. Her poetry has been published in Poetry Wales, Atrium, Rust + Moth, and Pulp Poets Press, as well as in anthologies such as Candlestick Press’ Ten Poems about Flowers and Valley Press’ Verse Matters. She won second place in the 2021 Dead Cat Poetry Prize and in the 2022 Magdalena Young Poets Prize. In addition to being a member of Hive Poetry Collective, Beth is a graduate of The Writing Squad, Durham University Slam Team, and Sheffield Young Writers. More information about her work can be found at bethdaviespoet.wordpress.com or by following @BethRSD on Twitter.
Chloe Elliott is a poet based in Durham. She is the Gold Winner of the 2020 Creative Future Writers’ Award and has seen her work in anthologies by Bitter Melon and Bad Betty Press. Her poems also feature in Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Ink Sweat & Tears and Bedtime Stories for the End of the World, amongst others. She is interested in mixedness, scrap ecology, and the tactile world.
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