Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition - Winner Announced

Posted: 21 September 2011

James Harpur has won the 2011 Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition judged by Jeffrey Wainwright. His poem, 'Finbarr and the Serpent of Gougane Barra', based on an Irish legend, won the £450 first prize and earned Harpur the title of Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year. He will receive his prize at a presentation in the cathedral on Tuesday 18 October 2011, an event which is part of the Manchester Literature Festival.

A previous winner of the British National Poetry Competition, James Harpur is known for writing poetry with spiritual or religious themes.

His latest book, The Dark Age, won the 2009 Michael Hartnett Award. For more information, visit

James Harpur's poetry collections with Anvil are:

The Dark Age
Oracle Bones
Boethius: Fortune's Prisoner

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