BATTERED MOONS and the STARS

The perfect setting – a hip tent with a background of stars and big fat moons hanging over us.
A wonderful, engaged audience and indispensable helpers.
Brilliant readers, wonderful poems.
An emotional homage to a dear Battered Moons winner, the late Frances Galleymore.
The dazzle and warmth of Malika Booker.
Battered Moons night was bright with just the right amount of dark.

The winning poems are now available to read on the site.

Don’t go too far for too long… Battered Moons 2018 will be happening earlier this year. And with another fabulous guest judge as well.

THE RESULTS! BATTERED MOONS 2017

We are delighted to announce the winners and commendations for 2017:

‘If I Say, Flower’ – Louise Greig, First prize
‘Pareidolia’, – Anna Saunders, Second Prize
‘This is the Island of Last Resort’ – Ama Bolton, Third Prize
‘Lady Backbird’ – Kirsten Irving, Commendation
’The Making of a Smuggler’– Romalyn Ante, Commendation
‘Chiggy Pig’ – Rachel Davies, Commendation
‘Deer, Midsummer’ – David Hale, Commendation

Cassini has been exploring the outer space. With Battered Moons, we have been looking for evidence of life in the inner space that poems open. Battered Moons has now been going for eight years. It could not have done so without the work of our guest judges, Daljit Nagra, Pascale Petit, David Morley, Alice Oswald, Michael Simmons Roberts, Lesley Saunders and Martin Malone in previous years, and Malika Booker for 2017. Many thanks to Malika for her dedication and cooperation as main judge, reading every entry with care, selecting a shortlist and then the final seven. Battered Moon’s registrar Sam Loveless, who has had to process hundreds and hundreds of poems and deal with many emails, deserves both admiration and thanks. Our gratitude as well to Poetry Swindon Festival, Artswords, and Arts Council England for their support. To the poets who sent their work is our deepest appreciation. Battered Moons exists because of them.

Battered Moons 2017 will be celebrating seven winning poets and their poems with dazzling poet Malika Booker handing out the prizes and reading from her own work.

The evening will include a musical treat brought by the outstanding voice of Caitlin Eastham and her band.

Battered Moons is part of the fabulous Poetry Swindon Festival, based at the Richard Jefferies Museum. Visit
POETRY SWINDON AT RICHARD JEFFERIES MUSEUM for a full programme and tickets.

“I have been attending festivals as a poet for over 25 years, and this was surely the best I have seen, in terms of spirit, friendliness, audience engagement, and general sense of a poetry friendly environment. Well done for excellent work.” Todd Swift

A five day poetry festival in the beautiful location of the Richard Jefferies Museum and Coate Water Country Park. There will be excursions to other venues and explorations of the local area. Accomodation is available for four nights at The Holiday Inn or The Sun Inn.

Our poets in residence for 2017 will be Tania Hershman & Daljit Nagra. They will be offering readings, workshops and one-ones with our residents.

FULL PROGRAMME
TICKETS AND PASSESS

THE RESULTS! Battered Moons 2017

We are delighted to announce the winners and commendations for 2017:

‘If I Say, Flower’ – Louise Greig, First prize
‘Pariedolia’, – Anna Saunders, Second Prize
‘This is the Island of Last Resort’ – Ama Bolton, Third Prize
‘Lady Backbird’ – Kirsten Irving, Commendation
’The Making of a Smuggler’– Romalyn Ante, Commendation
‘Chiggy Pig’ – Rachel Davies, Commendation
‘Deer, Midsummer’ – David Hales, Commendation

Cassini has been exploring the outer space. With Battered Moons, we have been looking for evidence of life in the inner space that poems open. Battered Moons has now been going for eight years. It could not have done so without the work of our guest judges, Daljit Nagra, Pascale Petit, David Morley, Alice Oswald, Michael Simmons Roberts, Lesley Saunders and Martin Malone in previous years, and Malika Booker for 2017. Many thanks to Malika for her dedication and cooperation as main judge, reading every entry with care, selecting a shortlist and then the final seven. Battered Moon’s registrar Sam Loveless, who has had to process hundreds and hundreds of poems and deal with many emails, deserves both admiration and thanks. Our gratitude as well to Poetry Swindon Festival, Artswords, and Arts Council England for their support. To the poets who sent their work is our deepest appreciation. Battered Moons exists because of them.

Battered Moons 2017 will be celebrating seven winning poets and their poems with dazzling poet Malika Booker handing out the prizes and reading from her own work.

The evening will include a musical treat brought by the outstanding voice of Caitlin Eastham and her band.

Battered Moons is part of the fabulous Poetry Swindon Festival, based at the Richard Jefferies Museum. Visit
POETRY SWINDON AT RICHARD JEFFERIES MUSEUM for a full programme and tickets.

“I have been attending festivals as a poet for over 25 years, and this was surely the best I have seen, in terms of spirit, friendliness, audience engagement, and general sense of a poetry friendly environment. Well done for excellent work.” Todd Swift

A five day poetry festival in the beautiful location of the Richard Jefferies Museum and Coate Water Country Park. There will be excursions to other venues and explorations of the local area. Accomodation is available for four nights at The Holiday Inn or The Sun Inn.

Our poets in residence for 2017 will be Tania Hershman & Daljit Nagra. They will be offering readings, workshops and one-ones with our residents.

FULL PROGRAMME
TICKETS AND PASSESS

BATTERED MOONS 2017

The competition is now closed. Thank you to all who sent their entries. Malika Booker and Cristina Newton look forward to reading them. Winners and finalists will be notified in September.

Join us at the awards celebration on Saturday 7 October, when the 7 finalists will read their poems. Malika Booker will hand the prizes and share her work. There will be music by talented singer Caitlin Eastham. All part of the Poetry Swindon Festival, which has earned a reputation for excellent poetry, unashamed friendliness and endless good vibes. As Matthew Caley put it: “Wow-what a grand time—–Viet Vets charging their Mobility Scooters in Harem tents; 1930’s Modernist diving towers; grand people; grand reading —its a special atmosphere you got going and you should be very proud— Grand fun, too—great poetry but without the [oft-times] po-faced aura] —we salute you — makes you feel good so many grand folks exist in this sad, post Brexit media-dominated world”.

“I have been attending festivals as a poet for over 25 years, and this was surely the best I have seen, in terms of spirit, friendliness, audience engagement, and general sense of a poetry friendly environment. Well done for excellent work.” Todd Swift

A five day poetry festival in the beautiful location of the Richard Jefferies Museum and Coate Water Country Park. There will be excursions to other venues and explorations of the local area. Accomodation is available for four nights at The Holiday Inn or The Sun Inn.

Poetry Swindon Festival takes place this year between 5th to 9th October in the beautiful surroundings of the Richard Jefferies Museum, Coate Water, Swindon. Residential tickets and passes are now on sale.

Don’t miss this year’s fabulous programme of events!

BATTERED MOONS 2017

We are over the Saturn moons with Malika Booker having agreed to be our guest judge for 2017.

The competition will open for entries on 1st March until June 30st 2017.

Get fuelled up now – time’s ticking away and before you know it, we’ll be on our launch pad and ready for blast off.

BATTERED MOONS 2016 RESULTS

We are delighted to announce the winners and commended poets for 2016:

Winners

1. ‘Rebecca’ by Ken Evans

2. ‘Casting Innocence’ by Amelia Loulli

3. ‘From the Observer’s Book of Scent’ by Roy Marshall

Commendations

‘Portrait as a Crow’ by Nick Compton

‘Howlet’ by Yvonne Reddick

‘Mammuthus Trogontherii’ by Ian McEwen

‘Kaktovik’ by Charlotte Eichler

Our congratulations to all seven and thanks to Daljit Nagra for his work as guest judge.

Join us on 8th October at the Arts Centre Swindon for the Battered Moons evening of celebration and readings, pharm pharm featuring the seven finalists and judges Daljit Nagra and Cristina Newton, stuff with music by Persian flutist Iman Askari and guitarrist Haydn Bonadie.

The event is part of the fantastic Poetry Swindon Festival.