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.