With an introduction from Luke Kennard.
This book contains the winning and commended poems from the Verve Festival 2018 City Themed Poetry Competition judged by Luke Kennard. They are the best of an extremely good bunch of poems that we received on the subject – from all over the country, but also from Europe, the USA, Africa and The Middle East. Featuring competition winners C.I. Marshall, Jacqueline Saphra, Claire Trevien, Polly Atkin, and many more.
Alongside these poems you will find six city poems that Verve commissioned from our own selection of local poets of note in the city of Birmingham. Roy McFarlane, Bohdan Piasecki, Amerah Saleh, Jenna Clake, Casey Bailey and Ahlaam Moledina are representative of the great breadth the current poetry scene in Birmingham has.
The launch event at Verve Poetry Festival on Feb 17 2018 was epic and phenomenal – where were you?! But the poems are preserved for you here and they are excellent.
This anthology is the second book from brand new poetry press for Birmingham; Verve Poetry Press – formed to promote and celebrate poetry in all its forms, in Birmingham, The Midlands and beyond.