Melita Hume Prize Winner
Announced last week:
Marion McCready wins The Melita Hume Prize for Poetry
in 2013 for her collection Tree Language
Supporting young emerging writers during difficult economic times, the Melita Hume Prize for Poetry offers £1000 and publication with Eyewear Publishing for the best debut poetry collection.
Scottish Poet Marion McCready wins £1000 and publication by Eyewear in 2014.
Judge Jon Stone said “I chose Marion McCready’s Tree Language as the overall winner for two major reasons: firstly, the poetry is incredibly dark and rich and bloody (blood is a particular theme), with frequently brilliant lines and almost Celan-esque word pairings: ‘blood-cut son’, ‘snow-eyes dressing’, ‘death fruits’. Or how about a poem that opens, running on from its title:
Like a dead shrew
the baby lies comically still.
Secondly, as a collection, it’s superbly structured. Repetition within and between the poems is used to haunting effect; often, a motif or image returns in the manner of a memory resurfacing, or a recurring dream. The loosely held themes allow her to cover a range of territory, including war poems, over four distinct chapters, without seeming to stray from the direct path established in the opening pieces. This is assured, disconcertingly potent work with a sharp and distinctive flavour.”
Tree Language will be published by Eyewear Publishing in Spring 2014.
Melita Hume Prize for Poetry
The Melita Hume Prize for Poetry is an award of £1000 and a publishing deal with Eyewear Publishing for the best first full collection of a poet written in the English language, aged 35 or younger in the year of entering the competition. The aim of this prize is to support younger, emerging writers during difficult economic times. It is open to anyone of the requisite age, of any nationality, resident in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is free to enter.