Stephen Spender Prize

This was my first year on the judging panel, and I was delighted to discover so many accomplished submissions across such a wide spread of languages and eras.

The full list of winners and commended entries, along with poems and commentaries, are now available to read on the Stephen Spender Trust website.

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MPT Translation Duel, Ledbury Poetry Festival

It was fantastic to dive into this poem by Ariane Dreyfus with Susan Wicks and Sasha Dugdale at the Translation Duel – we covered everything from the appearance and disappearance of body parts and gender in language to the way changing a title radically changes perspective. Have a listen!

Salon Mme du Châtelet

June 2017. I’m just back from Paris, where I read at a fabulous salon curated by the novelist Anne Marsella, in the spirit of the inspirational Emilie du Châtelet (mathematician, natural scientist, translator of Newton, author; her lover and companion was Voltaire). Poetry, song, video, dance, wine and FUN!

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Brighton Poem-a-thon

On Sunday 11 December 2016, I took part in the Brighton Poem-a-thon, an all-day poetry relay of 60 poets, including Inua Ellams, Sarah Howe, Grace Nichols, Sasha Dugdale, and Sarah Hesketh. The event was held at the Komedia in Brighton and raised £30,000 for the Refugee Council.

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Sasha Dugdale reading Golan Haji for MPT at the Poem-a-thon

Birdbook: Saltwater and Shore

Sidekick Books have launched their latest Birdbook anthology. Saltwater and Shore features brilliant poems by Vahni Capildeo, Rishi Dastidar, Jane Yeh and Sasha Dugdale, among many others.

I wrote about Turnstones at Kilve Beach and turned Zénaïde Bonaparte (wife of the famous ornithologist Charles, Napoleon’s nephew) from a dove into a Great Skua.

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