The Poetry Society is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2011 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize is Denise Saul, for her poem 'Leaving Abyssinia'. The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize is awarded annually to the best Poetry Review poem written by a poet who doesn’t yet have a full collection.
Denise Saul is a poet and fiction writer. Her White Narcissi (Flipped Eye Publishing) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Autumn 2007. In 2008 she was selected for The Complete Works, a two-year mentoring and development programme for ten advanced black and Asian poets in the UK. House of Blue (published by Rack Press) is a PBS Pamphlet Recommendation for Summer 2012.
In the summer issue of Poetry Review Judge Moniza Alvi comments: "The uncertainty is palpable, conveyed as it is by the fog, the windowless cabin and the sense of not knowing whether there’s any movement, whether this really is a journey, a journey for the self, as well as for the ship."
Denise Saul photo credit: Naomi Woddis
The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize was established in memory of Geoffrey Dearmer, who at 103 was the Society’s oldest member. It is awarded, through the generosity of the Dearmer family, to honour this noted World War One poet. Poetry Review is extremely grateful to the Dearmer family. By establishing an endowment fund, the Dearmer family has enabled the Poetry Society to award an annual prize to the best Poetry Review poem written by a poet who doesn’t yet have a full collection.
Read about the history of the prize.