‘Basic Nest Architecture’ by Polly Atkin on the longlist for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2019

5 July 2019 - 03:35pm

‘Basic Nest Architecture’ by Polly Atkin on the longlist for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2019

5 July 2019 - 03:35pm

We are delighted to hear that Polly Atkin’s debut collection Basic Nest Architecture is on the longlist for the 2019 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize.

The Michael Murphy Memorial Prize is a biennial prize for distinctive first book of poetry in English published in Britain or Ireland. This year marks the fifth biennial prize and the winner will receive £1000. The intention of the prize is to give recognition to a new poet, in the same way that Michael Murphy, after whom the prize is named, was awarded recognition in 2001 when he received the Geoffrey Dreamer Prize from Poetry Review as ‘New Poet of the Year’.

Polly is one of 11 poets to have been named on the list and the short list will be announced on Tuesday 9th July, with the winner being announced on National Poetry Day.

View the full longlist here.

 

About the Book:

Polly Atkin’s debut poetry collection, Basic Nest Architecture, is complex, vivid and moving. Based in Grasmere, in the Lake District, the author is inspired by the landscape and by the famous Romantic poets such as Wordsworth and Keats, who have walked there and written about the fells and lakes. Nature is a guiding presence, but the author’s personal story, of enduring a little-known and sometimes debilitating illness, is also the backdrop to this striking poetry. Formally, this work is more akin to the metaphysical poets in its fervent use of metaphor, in its multiple layers of meaning and in its quest for answers to the most pressing questions of mortality.

Basic Nest Architecture is available from the Seren website: £9.99