National Poetry Competition Judges


Julia Copus 
Julia Copus is a poet and radio dramatist. Her latest collection The World’s Two Smallest Humans (Faber) was shortlisted for both the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize and Costa poetry prize. Her previous collections, The Shuttered Eye and In Defence of Adultery, were PBS Recommendations. She won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition (2002) and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (2010). In 2011, her sequence of poems about IVF, Ghost, was adapted as a BBC Radio 3 play entitled Ghost Lines. She is a Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, and in 2008 was made an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter.


Matthew Sweeney 

Matthew Sweeney was born in Donegal in 1952 and is currently based in Cork, having previously been resident in Berlin, Timiþoara and, for a long time, London. His collections include Black Moon (2007), Sanctuary (2004) and Selected Poems (2002). A retrospective selection, The Night Post, was published by Salt in 2010. His new collection, Horse Music was published by Bloodaxe in 2013. A satirical thriller, set in the world of contemporary poetry, co-written with the English poet, John Hartley Williams, was published in November 2012 by the Muswell Press under the title Death Comes for the Poets.

Jane Yeh

Jane Yeh was born in America and educated at Harvard University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Manchester Metropolitan University. Her first collection of poems, Marabou (Carcanet, 2005), was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh Festival poetry prizes. Her latest collection, The Ninjas, was published by Carcanet in 2012, and her poems appear in anthologies including The Best British Poetry 2012. Currently Senior Researcher in Creative Writing at Kingston University, she also writes on books, theatre, fashion, and sport for publications such as the TLS and The Village Voice.