SARAH BROOM

THE LIFE AND WORK OF A NEW ZEALAND POET

2015 FINALISTS

We are delighted to announce the three finalists in the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize 2015.

The prize attracted almost 200 entries from across the spectrum of New Zealand poets, from the new and emerging to the established and the iconic. The shortlist was chosen by the 2015 guest judge, Irish poet Vona Groarke.

The three finalists will read in a free session at the Auckland Writers Festival on Sunday 17 May from 1.30-2.30pm in the Upper NZI Room, Aotea Centre, Auckland. Vona Groarke will announce the winner at this event.

 

 

 

“The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize is about celebrating poetry,” says judging panel member Sarah Ross. “The diversity of the entries received, and the tonal and formal complexity of the best work, its deftness, its moments of insight, poignancy, and humour – all of this has made the judging process enormously rewarding. So too has working with the generous and perceptive Vona Groarke.”

The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize aims to make a substantial ongoing contribution to supporting poetry in New Zealand. The value of the prize is $12,000 in 2015.

 

The finalists are:

   

Diana Bridge: a Wellington-based poet, the author of five collections, including aloe & other poems (2009).

Read more about Diana.
Photo: Simon Woolf

 

 

Ashleigh Young: a Wellington-based editor, essayist, and poet, whose first collection of poetry, Magnificent Moon, was published in 2012.

Read more about Ashleigh.

     

Alice Miller: a New Zealand poet based in Vienna, whose first book The Limits was published in 2012.

Read more about Alice.
Photo: Dylan Whiting