We are delighted to announce that our judge for 2024 is Jenny Lewis. Jenny is a poet and playwright who teaches poetry at Oxford University. Her first book of poetry, When I Became an Amazon (Iron Press 1996 / Bilingua, Russia 2002) was made into a chamber opera premiered by the Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Company in 2017. Her fourth collection, Gilgamesh Retold (Carcanet, 2018) was a New Statesman Book of the Year and Carcanet’s first ever audiobook. Jenny also collaborates with the exiled Iraqi poet, Adnan Al-Sayegh. She is currently working with Mandala Theatre Company on a new play, Seed Guardians, which will go on tour in the UK in 2024. Her fifth collection, From Base Materials, is forthcoming from Carcanet in June 2024.
The Charm Poetry Competition will officially launch soon.