The Michael Marks Awards Event 2022

Friday 9th December, arrive 6:30pm for a 7:15pm start (U.K.) at the British Library

For the first time, our event is a hybrid one, and you can join us either in-person or online


Tickets are free but must be pre-booked through Eventbrite. Please click below to register your seats

We hope you thoroughly enjoy the event!


If you have any problems with this process, please don’t hesitate to contact the Awards Administrator, Lindsey Holland, by emailing:

Awards for: Best Pamphlet, Best Publisher, and Best Illustration

Readings from all shortlisted poets

Presentations from all shortlisted publishers

Presentations by judges and partners of the Awards

plus, this year:

The winner of the Environmental Poet of the Year prize will read from the winning pamphlet, which will be available for purchase for the first time on the night.

For the first time in several years, we’re opening up the Michael Marks Awards evening as a free, public event at the British Library, but also online. Seats must be booked in advance.

The poets and publishers on the shortlists will read from their work, or speak about it. Pamphlets will be available to buy.

You’ll hear from the judges: John Glenday, Stephanie Sy-Quia, Martin Royalton-Kisch and Mark Avery, among others.

The winner of the inaugural Environmental Poet of the Year prize, LInda France, will read from her prize pamphlet, Letters to Katłįà, which will go on sale at the British Library on the night.

The overall winners will be announced, along with the winner of the Michael Marks Illustration Award.

The Michael Marks Poetry Award Shortlist

Tomi Adegbayibi: Colours & Tea (Human) (Muscaliet Press)

John Burnside: Apostasy (Dare-Gale Press)

Matthew Haigh: Vampires (Bad Betty Press)

Maya C Popa: Dear Life (smith|doorstop)

Naush Sabah: Litanies (Guillemot Press)

Shane McCrae: Hex and Other Poems (Bad Betty Press)


The Michael Marks Publishers’ Award Shortlist

Muscaliet Press

Hazel Press

Guillemot Press

Bad Betty Press

The winner of the Illustration Award will be announced at the event on Friday 9th December

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