BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION started eight years ago and became a national competition in 2012.

It has had a privileged trajectory, with the collaboration of guest judges Martin Malone, Lesley Saunders, Michael Symmons Roberts, Alice Oswald and David Morley. Battered Moons is delighted to announce Pascale Petit as our 2015 guest judge.

Previous guest judge was David Morley, whose work has received fourteen literary awards, including a major Eric Gregory Award (in 1989), a Tyrone Guthrie Award from Northern Arts, a Hawthorden International Writers Fellowship, an Arts Council Writers Award, the Raymond Williams Prize, a Creative Ambitions Award, and an Arts Council Fellowship in Writing at Warwick University. He has also received two awards for his teaching, including a National Teaching Fellowship. Morley is himself the Director of the Warwick Prize for Writing and a judge of the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize. He is Director of the Warwick Writing Programme and Professor of Writing at the University of Warwick, as well as a tutor for The Arvon Foundation, The Poetry School and Maddy Prior’s Stones Barn Courses.

And you may not need telling this, but his poetry is utter delight and a well of wonders.

Read more about David Morley here.

Battered Moons is an open national poetry competition supported by Swindon Artswords, Arts Council England and BlueGate Poets, part of the Swindon Festival of Poetry, to which Battered Moons is linked.

The Battered Moons Team are Hilda Sheehan as organiser of the Swindon Festival of Poetry and,  with Clare Knock, for administration and technical support, and Cristina Newton as organiser, judge and editor of the Battered Moons pamphlet. Matt Holland, as director of the Swindon Festival of Literature, has played a vital part in the history of Battered Moons, supporting the project and providing assistance and guidance from the start. Our debt also to the invaluable help of Michael Scott.

Read more about the Battered Moons team.