Jane Lovell wins £5,000 Gingko eco-poem prize

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Jane Lovell, pictured, has won the £5,000 Gingko eco-poetry prize for her poem ‘Ming’, the Poetry School has announced. Second was Daniel Fraser (‘Field Notes’), and third was Emily Groves (‘What Survives of us’). The judges were the poet laureate Simon Armitage, and Jade Cuttle.

An additional prize for best landscape poem was won by Liz Byrne (‘Anglezarke Moore’).

Jane Lovell’s winning poem was about a 500-year-old mollusc that was accidentally killed when scientists opened it up. Simon Armitage said the judges had found it “very touching and very moving”.

You can read all the winning and highly commended poems in the Ginkgo Prize 2020 anthology which you can download here.

And you can watch the winning poems being read at the prize ceremony last week here

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