Polly Atkin awarded Northern Writers’ Award for Poetry 2020.

26 June 2020 - 05:03pm

Polly Atkin awarded Northern Writers’ Award for Poetry 2020.

26 June 2020 - 05:03pm

We are delighted to hear that Seren poet Polly Atkin has been awarded a Northern Writers' Award for Poetry, 2020. 

Established in 2000 by New Writing North, the Northern Writers’ Awards supports work-in-progress by new, emerging and established writers across the North of England.

Of winning the award Polly said:

“Winning a Northern Writers’ Award would never not be a great boost to both morale and finances, but this year it feels like a life-saver. I had to keep re-reading the email to check it was real. Like many freelance writers, I lost most of paid work for the year in March. Like many disabled and chronically ill writers, I’m facing a long period of uncertainty, knowing it may not be save to resume face-to-face work for many months to come. This award not only offers creative encouragement when I really need it, but financial support which will make continuing to create possible. It has saved my year.”

Polly's debut collection Basic Nest Architecture was longlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize, 2019. We are due to publisher her second collection in 2021.