Winners announced for the 2022 Women Poets’ Prize

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Poets Prerana Kumar, Dillon Jaxx and Jennifer Lee Tsai have been announced as the winners of the 2022 Women Poets’ Prize at the inaugural one-day Women Poets’ Festival at the National Centre for Writing, Norwich. The biennial prize, founded by the Rebecca Swift Foundation and supported by FMcM, is awarded to three women writers who each receive a holistic package …

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All the articles, resources and links you’ll find in our online library fit under the headings ‘Craft’, ‘Graft’, ‘The Knowledge’ and ‘Sustain’ – it’s just our way to focus on different aspects of life as a woman poet. You might find them all useful, or be drawn to one aspect over another at any one time.

RSF Welcomes Degna Stone Amid Crowdfunder Success

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The Rebecca Swift Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Degna Stone as its new project manager, in an exciting week for the charity as we wrap a vital crowdfunding campaign, Empowering Women Poets, exceeding our original target of £10,000. Stone joins the Foundation as the successor to Kirsten Luckins, who has been with the charity since the start …

Rebecca Swift Foundation Fundraiser

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The Rebecca Swift Foundation needs YOU

Throughout October, the Rebecca Swift Foundation will be running a crowdfunding campaign to raise vital funds so that we can continue to serve our growing community of women poets.

Women Poets’ Prize 2022 shortlist revealed

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Judges Penelope Shuttle, Abi Palmer, and Nikita Gill have selected the “vital, varied and exciting” poets shortlisted for the third iteration of our biennial Prize.

Women Poets’ Prize 2022 launches with a new festival in partnership with the National Centre for Writing

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Writers and artists including Helen Mort, Victoria Adukwei Bulley and Sophie Herxheimer lead programme of workshops and performances, with the 2022 winners announced live at Dragon Hall in Norwich New festival looks to prioritise accessibility and hybridity, ensuring remote attendees equally catered for Submissions now open for the third prize year, judged by Penelope Shuttle, Nikita Gill and Abi Palmer …

Poems on Pennine Peaks – a fundraising journey with Richard Skinner

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In early June of 2022, author Richard Skinner will walk the 268 miles of the Pennine Way from Edale, in the northern Derbyshire Peak District, north through the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park to Kirk Yetholm, just inside the Scottish border. He has gifted this walk to the memory of Rebecca Swift, and has opened a JustGiving campaign to …

Women Poets’ Prize judges 2022

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As our biennial Prize prepares to open its doors to submissions, we’re delighted to introduce you to our three judges – Penelope Shuttle, Nikita Gill, and Abi Palmer. We asked them what they are looking for when they read new poetry… Penelope Shuttle I’d like to read poems that have taken language out of its comfort zone. I welcome both …

Rebecca Swift Foundation announces Women Poets’ Network, supported by Arts Council England

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The Rebecca Swift Foundation is excited to announce it has received funding from Arts Council England to create an online network for women poets across the UK. The Women Poets’ Network has been specifically designed to respond to the challenges that women poets face, providing them with a space to vent, to discuss and find solidarity with one another. For …

Rebecca Swift Foundation Appoints New Project Manager

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Kirsten Luckins joins to develop the Women Poets’ Prize The Rebecca Swift Foundation has appointed Kirsten Luckins as Project Manager for the Women Poets’ Prize. Luckins replaces Victoria Adukwei Bulley, who has been in the role since 2018. Now in its third year, the Foundation was established in 2018 in memory of editorial consultant and poet Rebecca Swift. Its free- to-enter …