Keele postgraduate wins Poet Laureate-endowed poetry prize

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Liz Lefroy

Liz Lefroy

Posted on 02 March 2011

A Keele University postgraduate student has won the first Roy Fisher Prize for Poetry – a prize endowed by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Liz Lefroy, who is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing, will now see her poetry collection Pretending the Weather published as a pamphlet.

The prize, named after poet and former Keele lecturer Roy Fisher, will be awarded annually during Carol Ann Duffy’s 10-year Laureateship.

Liz’s poetry was described by the judges as possessing “great consistency of quality across the poems, as well as a breadth and depth of subject, handled with a fully-formed poetic skill”.

There were also two additional awards: a Special Commendation for Keele postgraduate Alex Frisby, and a Commendation for undergraduate Gwen Smith.

Liz, who lives in Shrewsbury, said: “I am both honoured and delighted to win the Roy Fisher Prize.  It's a bonus in what has been a very fulfilling and stimulating time studying for the MA in Creative Writing at Keele.  I've had the pleasure of working alongside other poets here and have learnt a huge amount from them, and from Jim Sheard, my tutor, in particular.”

The 46-year-old, who works at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, added: “I came to Keele to find out whether I could translate my long-held desire to write better poetry into a reality.  Winning the Roy Fisher Prize gives me the confidence to take my work seriously – I will use it as a platform from which I can continue to develop my skills and pursue my ambitions.”

The winners will be celebrated at a prize-giving event at Keele on Monday, March 28, including readings by the three successful poets. Liz Lefroy's pamphlet, published by Long Face Press, will be available for purchase on the night.

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