GEOFF STEVENS MEMORIAL POETRY PRIZE 2023
Congratulations to our two winners, both of whom produced outstanding entries in a VERY strong field. They will both receive a 52 page poetry collection published by award-winning publishers Indigo Dreams Publishing (us!) with a royalty contract, plus 25 copies. Collections will be published in 2024.
GAIL ASHTON: If this was the map of your life
LUCY DIXCART: Company of Ghosts
Geoff Stevens was born at West Bromwich 4th June 1942. He worked as an industrial chemist until 1995.
In 1976 he launched his own poetry magazine, Purple Patch, a successful and long-running magazine, called 'a national treasure' by The Guardian. The magazine closed with his death in February 2012. Geoff was also a successful poet in his own right being published in many magazines both in UK and overseas. We were lucky enough to be his friend and publisher, his last Indigo publication, Sleeping With You, being published just one month before he died. He saw it, he loved it, and wrote: "I’m glad that Indigo Dreams is so busy – it means the UK’s best poetry publisher is being successful." Totally over the top, but hey, who cares?
A great lover of poetry; a great man to know. We will keep his name alive through this competition in his honour.
Geoff Stevens 04/06/1942 - 02/02/2012