Georgie & Lauren win the New Poets Prize

I’m so very blooming chuffed to say Hive young writers – Georgie Woodhead & Lauren Hollingsworth-Smith are two of four winners of the 2020 New Poets Prize!

It’s been an absolute honour to mentor Georgie & Lauren these last few years and hear their voices develop. I’m very, very proud of what they’ve achieved through Hive. Who says we don’t have young poetry talent in the North (a poetry editor told me recently ‘it’s all in London’). Not true!

And wait until you read them! Georgie is only 17 (the youngest you can be to enter the prize) and Lauren 18. I’m so excited for them. Both will have their debut pamphlets Takeaway (GW) & Ugly Bird (LHS) published with The Poetry Business in 2021!

Huge Congrats also to Gboyega Odubanjo and Lucy Holt the other two winners!