Current students and graduates of the University of Bolton have won prizes in the 2016 Bolton Poetry Competition.

The Poetry Competition was created to encourage excellence in poetry writing and to reward good writers from both the university and the wider Bolton community, as well as to foster further links between the University’s English and Creative Writing programme and the wider Bolton Community.


The winners were announced at a prize-giving event at Bolton Central Library on Tuesday 6 December, as part of a monthly live literature programme hosted by the University’s English and Creative Writing departments and the Bolton Library and Museums Services.

Winner in the Open category was Phil Isherwood (pictured), for his poem ‘The Tapestry Quilt’, inspired by his work as poet-in-residence at a local hospice charity. Phil completed a PhD at the University in 2015, under the tutelage of Professor Jon Glover. The runner-up prize was awarded to Christopher Fernie.

The winner of the Staff/Student category was third-year Creative Writing student Jeni Mills, for her poem ‘Hottentot’, with runner-up prize going to first-year student Lauren Carroll.

The competition was judged by Dr Ben Wilkinson and Dr Evan Jones, published poets and lecturers at the University.

Presenting the awards on the night, Dr Wilkinson commented:

“It was a delight for us to receive so many entries. Evan and I were impressed by the overall quality, but in the end, the winning poems stood out for their combination of craft, intelligence and genuine feeling. It is always a pleasure to reward good writing, and we look forward to the Bolton Poetry Competition returning in Autumn 2017.”


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