The winners of 2017’s Keats-Shelley Prizes were announced by the Prize Chair, Baroness Floella Benjamin, at the Royal Society of Antiquaries on 24th April.
The evening was introduced by Rt Hon Matt Hancock, MP, Minister for Culture and Digital Culture, and concluded with a reading by Sir Bob Geldof of two sonnets by John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer and To One Who Has Long Been in City Pent.
The winner of 2017’s Keats-Shelley Adult Essay Prize is Hester Styles Vickery with Keats and Consumption (£1000). A graduate of Lincoln College, Oxford, Hester plans to study an MA in Modern Literature at University College London next year.
The runner up is John Greenfield with On Jane Campion’s Bright Star: The Disputed Biographies of John Keats and Fanny Brawne (£500). John Greenfield is a Professor of English at McKendree University, Illinois.
In third place is James Tinsley with The Polar Sublime. The winner of 2017’s Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize is Cahal Dallat for Giant (£1000). Born in County Antrim, Cahal has won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition. He is currently the Causley Trust’s centenary-year musician and poet-in-residence at Cyprus Well House in Cornall. His writing has appeared in the TLS and the Guardian. His latest collection is The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff).
Second prize went to DH Maitreyabandhu, who won the Prize in 2009, with One Hundred Cloche Hats (£500).