Sheffield staff poet awarded runner-up in Brotherton Poetry Prize

Pete Green

Pete Green, Communications and Marketing Officer in the Department of Journalism Studies, has recently been awarded runner-up in the University of Leeds’ Brotherton Poetry Prize.

Brotherton Poetry Prize winners with judges

Pete was one of five shortlisted poets selected from almost 400 entries to the University of Leeds’ new poetry prize which aims to nurture previously unpublished poets. The prize was open to anyone over the age of 18 who had not yet published a full collection of poems.

Among the judges was Professor Simon Armitage, who performed one of his first official duties since becoming Poet Laureate, announcing the winner of the prize.

Pete’s work, along with that of the other shortlisted poets, will be published in an anthology by respected publisher Carcanet Press, and they will be invited to take part in a series of readings and events at the University of Leeds and other venues in Yorkshire.

On receiving the prize, Pete said: "The Brotherton is a wonderful prize which represents a really admirable commitment to poetry from the higher education community. I'm hugely proud to have made the final shortlist of five, especially given the prestigious judging panel and the link with Carcanet Press. Congratulations to the winner Dane Holt and the other shortlisted poets, who will all be names to look out for soon."

Pete started writing poetry in 2014, exploring the geographical margins between urban and rural spaces and between land and water; and margins of other kinds, between progress and stagnation, renewal and depletion, analogue and digital, and between personal and communal identities. Their debut pamphlet Sheffield Almanac was published by Longbarrow Press in 2017.

Pete’s poetry has also appeared in Route 57, published by the School of English, and they also recently spoke and performed at the Modern Nature symposium convened jointly by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities with the Hepworth Wakefield.

On Wednesday 3 July 2019, Pete will be reading The River Don Shipping Forecast and other poems on a guided walk from Kelham Island as part of From Brooklyn Works to Brooklynism - a programme of exhibitions and free events set in the heart of Kelham Island.