Alan Sillitoe Poetry Prize Award


Words: Neil Fulwood


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Alan Sillitoe

185 entrants, 486 poems … but in the end, to quote that bloke in Highlander, there can only be one. Well, three actually. The Alan Sillitoe Committee coughed up £200 for the outright winner, with £100 and £50 respectively for the second and third placed poets. Plus a tenner apiece for the five runners-up.

So, yeah, like that bloke in Highlander didn’t say, there can only be eight.
The competition closed on 10 January, netting over £850 towards the Memorial Fund. The quality of entrants was high, meaning adjudicator Ruth Fainlight had her work cut out. The response was global, with entries flooding in from Cyprus to Singapore and Allahabad to Austin, Texas. Nottingham’s literary contingent did Alan’s memory proud, as well, with plenty of quality offerings proving that Alan’s hometown is still a hive of literary activity.
And now the results are in. Want to know who netted the two hundred big ones? Want to hear the winning entries? Want to hear a top-notch local band play a live gig and not have to fork out an entrance fee? Then join us at the Nottingham Contemporary Café on 2 March for the prize-giving event. 
It promises to be an eclectic evening, with David Sillitoe on MC duties and Ruth Fainlight in charge of the prize-giving. There’ll be support from two of the leading lights from the Midlands literary scene – Cathy Grindrod, former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, and Jeremy Duffield, Chair of Nottingham Poetry Society – and Blue Yonder will be playing two sets. Including their ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’-influenced classic “Propaganda”. The poetry competition is just one of many events planned throughout the year as part of the Sillitoe Season. All money raised will be used towards the statue fund.    
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Friday 2 March 2012, 7.30pm
The Nottingham Contemporary Café, Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB
For more details about future events or to donate online, please visit the Sillitoe website
Neil Fulwood’s latest story The Call of Chavthulu will be published in the next edition of Dark Horizons.

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