National Poetry Competition Judges

Roddy Lumsden is a poet, editor and tutor. His five collections include Yeah Yeah Yeah (Bloodaxe, 1997), shortlisted for the Forward Prize for the Best First Collection, and The Book of Love (Bloodaxe, 2000), shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Terrific Melancholy, his latest, was published by Bloodaxe in 2011; his seventh collection is due from Bloodaxe this autumn. He is the Series Editor of Salt’s The Best British Poetry anthologies. He lives in London where he teaches for the Poetry School and independently. He also works as a puzzle and quiz writer, and as a compiler and editor of popular reference books.


Glyn Maxwell is a poet and playwright. He has won several awards for his poetry, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize forThe Nerve (2004). His work has been short-listed several times for the T.S. Eliot, Forward and Costa Prizes. Pluto(Picador, 2013), his latest collection, was shortlisted for the Forward. His acclaimed critical guide, On Poetry (2012), is taught at schools and universities in the UK and the USA. His plays include The Lifeblood (‘Best Play’, British Theatre Guide, Edinburgh Fringe 2004) and Liberty (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2008). The opera The Firework Maker’s Daughter, for which he wrote the libretto, was nominated for Best New Opera in this year’s Olivier Awards.
Image credit: Kelly Hill.

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Zoe Skoulding

Zoë Skoulding is a poet, translator, editor and critic. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013), which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Poems from Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008) have been widely translated. She has performed her work at many international festivals, often incorporating electronic sound in her readings as well as collaborating with musicians. She was Editor of Poetry Wales, 2008-2014, and is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at Bangor University. 

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