Watch again: the Awards Night 2023


Introductions to the Michael Marks Awards 2023

Ian Cooke, Head of Contemporary British Publications, the British Library

Marina, Lady Marks, Founder of the Awards and Chair of the Michael Marks Charitable Trust

Lindsey Forster-Holland, who runs the awards and will present the Awards Night


The Michael Marks Publisher’s Award

Presentations from the shortlisted publishers:

The Emma Press
Guillemot Press
Mariscat Press
Out-Spoken Press


The Michael Marks Publisher’s Award, Announcement of the Winner

Announced by judge Imogen Cassels (The TLS)


The Michael Marks Illustration Award

Announcement of the Winner, by the Illustration Award judge, Sir Nicholas Penny


Environmental Poet of the Year: Reading and Pamphlet Launch


Helen Mort, on judging the prize, and later introducing the winner

Tom Mustill, on whaling, discussing the winning poems at COP28, and the concept and importance of the prize

Jane Burn, launching her winner’s pamphlet, ‘A Thousand Miles from the Sea’

Michael McGregor, Director of Wordsworth Grasmere: About Wordsworth Grasmere’s connection to the prize and the Environemtnal Poet of the Year event which will take place there in 2024.


The Michael Marks Poetry Award

Readings from the shortlisted poets:

Kate Hendry
Courtney Conrad
Blake Morrison
Clementine E Burnley
Sammy Weaver
Fahad Al-Amoudi


The Michael Marks Poetry Award, Announcement of the Winner

Announced by judge Fiona Benson


Closing Remarks

Jamie Andrews, Director of Public Engagement, The British Library



Partner Organisations speaking at the event

The British Library (Ian Cooke, Head of Contemporary Collections, and Jamie Andrews, Director of Public Engagement)

The Michael Marks Charitable Trust (Marina, Lady Marks)

The TLS (Imogen Cassels)

The Wordsworth Trust (Wordsworth Grasmere, Michael McGregor)

Event presented by the Administrator of the Michael Marks Awards, Lindsey Forster-Holland, who organises and runs the Awards.



Illustration Award winner: Hannah Mumby



Shortlists 2023


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