Massive congrats to Eloise Unerman of Rotherham Young Writers, who is young poet in residence at this year’s Ledbury Poetry Festival at the end of June!
Ledbury is the country’s largest poetry festival, and Eloise, who hails from Goldthorpe, Barnsley, will be enjoying a range of events, as a VIP!, as well as reading her work and talking about her writing inspirations.
Eloise won 1st Prize in the Young People’s 12-17 category with her poem, 04:52 to Bristol last year. Judge, Fiona Sampson MBE said: Extraordinarily deft and highly anthologisable far beyond the context of the competition. This is poem that knows exactly what it’s doing, from the clever stanza-breaks to the pentameter lines. It uses all that technique with the lightest of touches to give us a series of vivid images, an unflinching political message, and a micro-narrative with a shocking, yet unstated, ending.
Eloise Unerman is a young writer from Goldthorpe, Barnsley who writes poetry and short stories. She is a member of the Hive Young Writers network, and recently joined The Writing Squad. She was awarded the Cuckoo Northern Writers Awards in 2017, and her poetry has won first prize in the young people’s categories of the Barnsley Hear My Voice competition 2017 and the Ledbury Poetry Competition 2017. She has since been awarded young poet in residence for the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2018 where she’s been commissioned to write her first poem.
Eloise received a commendation in both Photofictions 2014 and Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017 and she was shortlisted for the New Poets Prize 2016/17. She has been published in anthologies: Everyday Hymn (Writing Yorkshire 2015), Anthology of Young Poets (Paper Swans Press 2017), Introduction X (The Poetry Business 2017), Wild Poetry (Hive 2017), Cuckoo Press Issue 6 in NARC magazine in 2017 and Foyle Young Poets of the Year Online Anthology (The Poetry Society 2018).