Jane Monson, Colette Sensier and Tim Clare succeed in Café Writers Open Poetry Competition

Three UEA writers have won prizes in the 2012 Café Writers Open Poetry Competition, judged by acclaimed poet Ian Duhig.  Jane Monson (pictured) was awarded second prize in the competition for her prose poem ‘Beam of Light’.  Jane graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 2000 and subsequently gained a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Cardiff. Her first collection ‘Speaking Without Tongues’ was published by Cinnamon Press in 2010.  Colette Sensier won third prize for her poem ‘I Have My Mother’s Eyes’. Colette is currently studying for her MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA.  She published her debut collection of poetry ‘How Many Camels Is Too Many?’ last year, and was one of five young writers selected for the Flight 2012 mentoring scheme organized by Spread the Word and run in partnership with the Poetry School.  Tim Clare was awarded the prize for Funniest Poem for ‘Mango’. Tim graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose) MA in 2004 and is the author of the memoir ‘We Can’t All Be Astronauts’, which won the Biography category of the 2009 East Anglian Book Awards, and the collection ‘Pub Stuntman’, published last year by Nasty Little Press.  He is a member of the poetry collective Aisle16, and is a regular performer of stand-up poetry at both literary and music festivals.

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