About the judge

Jenny Lewis 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.