UniVerse 2015

Much fun was had tonight at the prize-giving for Sheffield Hallam’s poetry competition, UniVerse. Many thanks to the organisers for inviting me to be a judge and, along with Conor O’Callaghan, to read some poems at the event. I even got to wear a badge labelled ‘Judge’. (If you don’t know Conor’s poetry, check it out. He’s very good. He read Grace, a poem we published in Antiphon in issue 11.) All the prizewinners read splendidly, including my MA Writing colleague James Giddings, who read poems about his house being invaded by horses. And sharks.


Here’s me, reading against a backdrop of, well, me, in previous years. Not all those wine glasses are mine, though some may be.


And here is a selection of the famous canapes.



Life, the UniVerse and canapes

Since I was fortunate enough to win Sheffield Hallam University’s UniVerse poetry competition last year, I was invited on to the judging panel for 2015, and I’ve also been invited to read at the presentation ceremony on 23rd April. Tickets are available here if you’re in the vicinity.


I’m in the middle, here. The tall chap at the back is James Giddings, whose poem was chosen as the winner this year. He’s a good poet, interesting and unusual.

I was placed second or third in previous years too, so I’ve got four up on this wall now…


…and part of the prize is a great copy of the canvas to take away. They’re lined up behind my computer, reminding me that sometimes people like poetry.