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The Jane Martin Poetry Prize Event

the Jane Martin Poetry Prize Ceremony

The Girton College Jane Martin Poetry Prize Ceremony on Thursday 13th May 2021 will be hosted by the Mistress, Professor Susan J.Smith and Professor Sir Laurence Martin. This virtual event is for all Girton alumni and students to celebrate the winning poets of this year’s competition.

The Jane Martin Poetry Prize is a national poetry competition, established in 2010, in memory of Girton alumna, Jane Elizabeth Martin (1978 Classics) through the generous support of Professor Sir Laurence Martin.

Now in its 11th year, this national prize for young poets is a key part of the College’s support for poetry and will be of interest to all those who are serious about literary excellence. The competition has been judged by experts drawn from across the literary world and academia. This years panel has been led by two judges - Girtonian Sean Hewitt (2009, English) and Dr Rosa van Hensbergen (Queens College, Cambridge).

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Jane Martin Poetry Prize for 2021. First prize was awarded to Sam Harvey for the poems ‘Paysage ὰ ce Tableau’ and ‘Texte Intégrale’. Second Prize was awarded to Louis Klee for the poems ‘Me by Louis Fratino’ and ‘Living next to the sea was like having tragedy for a neighbour’.

The current draft programme for the event is:

18.45 – 19.05 The Mistress welcomes everyone and Dr James Wade will say a few words on behalf of Professor Sir Laurence Martin

19.05 – 19.25 Sean Hewitt and Rosa van Hensbergen will each give a short talk on how they judged this year’s winning entries, and give a reading of some of their work

19.25 – 19.45 The two winning poets, Sam Harvey and Louis Klee, introduce themselves and read their winning poems

19.45 – 20.00 College update and a toast from the Mistress

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