Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Poems from the Old Hill: a Lewes anthology

Which town has the strongest claim to be the poetry capital of the United Kingdom?  

Cover art by Neil Gower
If the number of poets per head of population is anything to go by, then the answer must surely be tiny Lewes (population approximately 16,000) in East Sussex.

Poems From The Old Hill, an anthology to be published by the Frogmore Press on 28 September, includes contributions from no fewer than three Cholmondeley Award winners, a Commonwealth Poetry Prize winner, a Paul Hamlyn Award winner, nominees for the Forward Prize, Seamus Heaney Centre Prize 2012 and Michael Marks Award 2012 and a Next Generation poet. 

The anthology is edited by Jeremy Page and published as part of the Press’s thirtieth year celebrations and features the poetry of Anna Adams, John Agard, Judith Kazantzis, Grace Nichols, Catherine Smith and fifteen other widely published poets who are resident in the town’s precincts, and will be launched at the Needlemakers in Lewes on National Poetry Day (4 October).  

Copies will be available at £5.00 (post free) from the Frogmore Press or through good bookshops.

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