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Success for Manchester student poet

12 Mar 2014

Creative Writing student Annie Muir has topped the annual Poetry Book Society's National Student Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Seven Postcards'

Annie Muir

The competition was judged by Daljit Nagra, whose poem Ramayana was shortlisted for last year's T S Eliot Prize.

Leo Mercer from Oxford University, who was previously an undergraduate creative writing student at Manchester, took second place with ‘Letter from William to Dorothy Wordsworth', and third place went to Jade Cuttle for her poem ‘The Binomial Test'. There were eight highly commended poets.

Joey Frances, who is also a student at the University's Centre for New Writing, was also highly commended for his poem.

The winners will read their work at a prize giving  ceremony at the  Anthony Burgess Foundation at 6pm on the evening of Tuesday, 18 March, alongside Daljit Nagra.

Adding to the success, recently graduated MA student Uche Okwonkwo has won the £1000 Etisalat Prize for Literature for Flash Fiction for her story 'Neverland'.

John Mcauliffe, Director for the Centre of New Writing where they are based, said: “We are delighted that Annie won this competition: our undergraduate students work to a really high standard and it is terrific to see their work recognised in this way.”