Poetry

POETRY

Alan’s poems have won several national and international prizes. These include the Wilfred Owen Memorial Prize in 2014, presented at the Winchester Literature Festival by the eminent Northern Ireland poet Michael Longley; the 2003 Petra Kenney Prize, judged by former poet laureate Andrew Motion; the Plough Prize (judge, Ian McMillan) in 2006, the inaugural Wigtown Prize (judge, Don Paterson) in the same year and the Southport International Poetry Competition.

A selection of the 400-plus poems he has written are in the process of being posted on this website.

You can also read about the latest project he is working on with his wife, Ruth Gledhill: The Place of the Poem.

Read:

The Manor (Winner of the Wilfred Owen Association Poetry Competition, 2014)

The Engaging of Professionals (Winner of the 2006 Plough Poetry Prize; judge, Ian McMillan)

The Lift (Winner of the Wigtown Poetry Prize 2006. Judge, Don Paterson)

The Old Tunes  (Winner of the Petra Kenney Award, 2003. Judge, Andrew Motion)

Water (Winner of the Southport International Poetry Competition)

Common Ground (Runner-up in the Poems in the Park competition, 2011. Judges: Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Sir Trevor McDonald.)

Waiting Room

Distantly

The London Pigeon