Mona Arshi named joint-winner of Manchester Writing Competition for Poetry

UEA alumna Mona Arshi has been named as the joint-winner (with Michael
Hudson) of the poetry category of the 2014 Manchester Writing
Competition, which is worth £10,000 and is organized by Manchester
Metropolitan University in association with the Manchester Literature
Festival. Mona (pictured) trained as a lawyer and worked for the human
rights organization Liberty for several years before joining UEA in
2010. She was the winner of the Magma Poetry Competition in 2012 for her
poem ‘Hummingbird’ and was one of ten poets selected for ‘The Complete
Works’, an Arts Council development programme. Earlier this year her
poem ‘Bad Day In The Office’ was placed second in the Troubadour
International Poetry Prize, and she was shortlisted, along with fellow
UEA alumna Julia Webb, for the Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet
Competition. Her debut collection of poetry, ‘Small Hands’, will be
published by Liverpool University Press next year.

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