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Press release: 5 January 2007

Tamara Fulcher wins the 2006 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize

Tamara Fulcher, a 29-year-old from Scotland, has won this year's Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, awarded to a poet who has not yet published a full collection for work published in Poetry Review. This year's prize was judged by distinguished poet, librettist and fiction writer David Harsent.

Tamara Fulcher grew up in Kent but has lived in Scotland since taking her degree, an MA (Hons) in Ancient History at Edinburgh University. Her poetry has been appearing in magazines since 2004 and new work is forthcoming in Iota and Shearsman. She is working on a novel, The Past and Sorrow of Lenny J, which – with the poem-cycle Yellow – is her key project for 2007.

David Harsent praised Tamara Fulcher's winning poem, 'Choirsinger', saying: "This bleak little domestic drama of loss and loneliness is cleverly understated. In fact, its tragedy lies in restraint: an economy that extends into technique. The narrator breaks off, now and then, to punctuate the poem with intense images that characterise the event and act as counterpoint to a series of utterances the sheer banality of which is, ironically, an indicator of their power to hurt. You can almost hear the echoes. The level tone of the piece gives everything away: the fear of feeling, the expectation of neglect; and the lines find just the right weight to allow us to witness the little tableau, static for only a moment, the arrested motion, the averted eyes, the damage done, the damage yet to come."

 

David Harsent's ninth collection, Legion (2005), won the Forward Prize and was shortlisted for T.S.Eliot and Whitbread Prizes. Both his previous collections were also shortlisted for both Eliot and Forward Prizes. His Selected Poems is forthcoming (Faber, 2007). A novelist and pseudonymous crime fiction writer, his work as librettist includes four operas with Harrison Birtwistle.

The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize is awarded through the generosity of the Dearmer family to honour the noted World War One poet and Society member.

 
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