Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry

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The Keats-Shelley Prize was inaugurated in 1998 by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association. Its purpose is to encourage people of all ages to respond personally to the emotions aroused in them by the work of the Romantics, through rising to the challenge of writing their own poem or essay. Distinguished judges of the Prize have included Andrew Motion, Claire Tomalin, Tom Paulin, Grevel Lindop, Miranda Seymour, the late Lord Gilmour, James Fenton, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Keates, A.N.Wilson, Ann Wroe, Janet Todd, Jack Mapanje, Dame Penelope Lively, Colin Thubron and Salley Vickers.

Year Winner Poem Winner Essay
1998 Rukmini Maria Callimachi "The Anatomy of Wildflowers" Sarah Wootton "Keats in Early Pre-Raphaelite Art"
1999 Cate Parish "Ode to Someone in the Pool" James Burton "Keats and Coldness"
2000 Antony Nichols "Graveyard Shift" Helena Nelson "Wherefore all this Wormy Circumstance"
2001 Robert Saxton "The Nightingale Broadcasts" Toby Venables "The Lost Traveller"
2002 Jane Draycott "The Night Tree" Joe Francis "Doubting the Mountain: an Approach to Mont Blanc"
2003 Leonie Rushforth "Bearings" Stephen Burley "Shelley, the United Irishman and the Illuminati"
2004 Isobel Lusted "Soul with White Wings" Porscha Fermanis "Stadial Theory, Robertson’s History of America, and Hyperion"
2005 Edmund Cusick "Speaking in Tongues" David Taylor "Prometheus Unbound"
2006 Martin McRitchie "The Experiment" Alison Pearce "Magnificent Mutilations"
2007 Richard Marggraf Turley "Elisions" Adam Gyngell "Ye Elemental Genii"
2008 John Gohorry "Lost" Susan Miller[disambiguation needed] "Hellenic and Scientific Influences in P.B. Shelley’s Medusa"
2009 DH Maitreyabandhu "The Small Boy and the Mouse” Jillian Hess “This Living Hand: Commonplacing Keats”
2010 Simon Armitage "The Present" Andrew Lacey "Wings of Poesy: Keats's Birds"
2011 Pat Borthwick "Lord Leighton brings Arabia to Holland Park" Priyanka Soni "Natura Naturata: Shelley's Philosophy of the Mind in Creation"
2012 Nick MacKinnon "Terrier in rape" Ruth Scobie "Mary Shelley’s Monstrous Explorers"
2013 Patrick Cotter "Madra" Eleanor Fitzsimons "The Shelleys in Ireland: passion masquerading as insight."


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