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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
GEOFF STEVENS MEMORIAL POETRY PRIZE 2020
There are seventeen titles on this Longlist which has taken an incredible amount of consideration, discussion and debate. The entries, as usual for this competition, were of extremely high quality and a joy to read. Only 3 disqualifications this year, all for including their name on the submitted poems, and the highest number of entries received to date. Thank you for supporting this competition and if your title isn't included below try not to be too disheartened. There were so many that could easily have made this list. If your title is included below, then huge congratulations to you, Indigo Dreams loved your work. And our usual warning - please feel free to mention on social media should you wish but do not state the name of your collection! If we see this or it's made known to us then we would have to disqualify, and that would be a real pity having come this far. Anonymity is essential. Thank you all again, stay safe, Ronnie & Dawn
AT THE CAROUSEL
DEATH AND THE MATRON
GOD OF LOST WAYS
HAND ME DOWN
HOW TO EXTRICATE YOURSELF
NO NEED TO ASK WHERE
THE MERMAID’S PURSE
THE SHOCK ROOM
THINKING OF LEAVING
WHALERS, WITCHES AND GAUCHOS