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Open Competition and Helen Ivory


Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist.  She has won a Gregory Award and her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection, the semi-autobiographical Waiting for Bluebeard was short-listed for the East Anglian Book Awards (2014). She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is tutor and Course Director for the UEA/Writers Centre Norwich online creative writing programme.  She received an Arts Council of England Award to work on her fifth collection for Bloodaxe The Anatomical Venus, which centres on women and otherness.

Fool’s World, a collaborative Tarot with the  artist Tom de Freston (Gatehouse Press), won the 2016 Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work.  Hear What the Moon Told Me, a book of collage/ mixed media/ acrylic painted poems was published this year by Knives Forks and Spoons Press. She lives in Norwich with her husband, the poet Martin Figura, where they run Café Writers – a live literature organization.

Helen is the judge of our Open Competition this year, and will be visiting us in the Vittle and Swig to announce the prizewinners.  She will also give us her adjudication report, which is always helpful to aspiring poets.  After the reading of the prizewinning poems, Helen will be reading from her own work.

Lots to enjoy, with a variety of poetry, and what is sure to be an excellent poetry reading from Helen.  See you there!  17th. April, AT 8.00 in the Vittle and Swig on Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2PT.

After the announcement, the results will be published on this website, followed by copies of the prizewinning poems, as soon as it can be done.

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