“Conversationally Speaking” – Results

I’m many kinds of pleased to be able to announce that the awesome Nigel Kent and Sarah Thomson have finished their deliberations and that I can now announce the results of our ‘Conversationally Speaking’ Competition. If you remember, the idea is that we would look for a conversation in verse where two poets choose a topic and collaborate to produce a body of work where each poem is a response to the one before.

Sarah and Nigel have already produced two Conversations for Hedgehog which have been published already and I was delighted when they agreed to bring their unique knowledge to the idea to the judging and I would like to thank them both for the hard work and time they have put into the process.

Judges Report:
“We must say we were in awe of the stamina, effort and vigour which informed each of the submissions. Every entry was clearly the product of a significant investment of time and we enjoyed reading the variety of approaches and subjects. There were some stunning individual poems and we commend every collaborative pair who submitted and hope that whilst your submission may not have made the short-list, you will have found the process rewarding.

We looked for a collection that demonstrated evenness in quality, each poem, needing to demonstrate originality, inventiveness and accomplishment in both style and form. In addition, the collection needed to have a coherent call-response structure: we looked at how each poem related to the poems that preceded and followed it. The winner, Dawn Gorman & Rosie Jackson’s ‘Aloneness is a many-headed bird’ impressed us because it not only fulfilled all these criteria but it also immediately drew the reader into the conversation between the two poets on both an intellectual and an emotional level and sustained attention from start to finish. It was a very impressive piece of work!”

Nigel Kent & Sarah Thomson
July 2019

The full results are:

Winners: Dawn Gorman & Rosie Jackson ‘Aloneness is a many-headed bird’

Runner up: Rae Howells and Jean James ‘Bloom and Bones’

Both Dawn and Rosie and Rae and Jean have been invited to have their Conversations published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press.

Highly Commended:

  1. Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe & Diana Devlin ‘Dancing with Ghosts’
  2. Hugh McMillan and Jane Frank ‘A Kist and a Field of Stars’
  3. Maureen Cullen and Patricia M Osborne ‘Sherry and Sparkly’

Friday Night is Fish Supper Night #2 – Jeremy Reed

Jeremy Reed

Wow, a week has gone since we shared Melissa Fu’s lovely Stickleback, and I am pleased to say that it is now time for #2 in our series of Free  Friday Night Fish Suppers.

This week we have a man that quite simply is a legend.

Bjork has called his work ‘the most beautiful, outrageously brilliant poetry in the world’ and Seamus Heaney said that, ‘Reed’s poetry is full of rich and careful writing, dense with pleasure in words that pleasure the world and waken us to its lovely surprises’.

To download your copy, just click on the download link below:

Stickleback: Jeremy Reed (107 downloads)

‘Jeremy Reed is a legend. What more can you fucking ask?’ Pete Doherty

‘Jeremy Reed’s talent is almost extraterrestrial in its brilliance. He is Rimbaud reconfigured as the Man who fell to Earth, a visitor from deep space whose time machine was designed by Lautreamont and de Sade, and powered by the most exotic fuels the imagination has ever devised.’ J.G. Ballard

‘In its detail and ambition alone, Orange Sunshine confirms Reed’s place as a great lyric poet of pop’s shadow.’ Michael Bracewell

‘The most beautiful, outrageously brilliant poetry in the world’. Bjork

‘When Patti Smith meets Rimbaud at Graceland, the result is Jeremy Reed’s Heartbreak Hotel’. Edmund White

‘Jeremy Reed is the real definition of British poetry now and deserves to be worshipped himself’. Richard Hell

‘One of the most original virtuoso voices to be heard in the poetry of our time’. Lawrence Ferlinghetti

‘The man is light worlds apart from his contemporaries in poetry’. Andrew Loog Oldham

‘Reed’s poetry is full of rich and careful writing, dense with pleasure in words that pleasure the world and waken us to its lovely surprises’. Seamus Heaney

‘Nicely Folded Paper’ Competition – Deux : Results

I am more than delighted to announce the results of  our second ever ‘Nicely Folded Paper’ competition, that I had originally planned would see Three winners have a pamphlet of their work published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press in the nearest of futures.

I realise that it is traditional to say that it was a difficult choice but I won’t let that stop me saying that it has been extremely hard to narrow this down to a shortlist, in no particular order, of:

  1. Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon
  2. Sally Spedding 
  3. Patricia M. Osborne
  4. Darren Beaney
  5. David Hale
  6. K.T. Slattery

As for the winners, I’m pleased to say that I have invited all Six of the shortlisted poets to have their pamphlet published as sometimes collections are too good to be allowed to escape.

Many thanks to everybody that entered the competition, it is as ever much appreciated.


Friday Night is Fish Supper Night #1 – Melissa Fu’s ‘String & Circumstance’

Melissa Fu – Always Cool

We are really rather proud to announce that every Friday evening during the Summer of 2019 we will be giving away a Free Fish Supper to everybody that wants one, here at The Hedgehog Poetry Press in the shape of a Free to Download Stickleback.

So Soul Food rather than Sole Food, but fulfilling nonetheless.

This week sees a rather wonderful selection of poems from Melissa Fu, ‘String & Circumstance,’ which I am sure that you will enjoy extremely muchly.


To download your own copy, just click on the download link below:

Stickleback: Melissa Fu (145 downloads)

‘Selected or Neglected’ Book Collection Competition – RESULTS

I’m really pleased to say that after a great deal of (enjoyable) reading, I’m pleased to be able to announce both the winner and shortlisted poets for our first annual ‘Selected or Neglected’ Book Collection Competition.

The Shortlisted Poets, are:

1. Alison Lock
2. Charlotte Domanski
3. Gerry Stewart
4. Janet Philo
5. Maggie Mackay
6. Martin Malone
7. Patrick Osada
8. Phil Hawtin
9. Ross McGivern
10. Tanya Prudente

This was a ridiculously difficult decision, especially given the diversity of style across the shortlist, but in the end I am really pleased to say that Gerry Stewart was the overall winner and will be invited to have her collection published in beautiful book form during 2020.

This is much deserved, but I should also say that both Martin Malone and Tanya Prudente are to be regarded as ‘Highly Commended.’

Thank you again to everybody that took the time to collate their work and submit it for this.

‘Handwrite Me a Poem About…Your Best Friend’ – RESULTS

I’m really pleased to say that our ‘Your Best Friend’ competition was well supported and that I have had a fine few weeks reading through the poems.

As ever, the standard was high and the interpretation of the theme eclectic, which is just how I like it, and so choosing a shortlist and eventual overall winner quite the challenge. But there always has to be one and so I am pleased to announce that the 20 Shortlisted Poets who will see their poem appear in a Hedgehog Press Anthology later this year, are:

1. Anna Teresa Slater

2. Anne Dunford

3. Belinda Johnston

4. Colin Glover

5. Dani Gatti

6. Douglas Cousins

7. Georgina Titmus

8. Hayley Pearce

9. Kathryn Slattery

10. Margaret Royall

11. Laura Eyres

12. Mick Yates

13. Peter Iveson

14. Phil Santus

15. Raine Geoghegan

16. Steven Jackson

17. Tammy Swift-Adams

18. Val Ormrod

19. Vicky Allen

20. Vusi Sibanda

As for the overall winner, I am really chuffed to say that it is

Anne Dunford, for her poem ‘If I Were A Cat…’

Anne will receive her prize of £100 and will see her poem printed on one of our lovely Artcards.

Many thanks to everybody that took the time to enter, it is very much appreciated.

Cult of the Spiny Hog – The Challenges

People who aren’t in our wee Cult don’t really get to hear about what actually happens when you are a member. Oh, they may know that you get to enter all of the competitions for ‘Free’ (once you have paid to join) and that you get all of the beautiful books and pamphlets we publish too, but I tend to skip over the Challenges somewhat.

Which is a little daft as I am proud that each month all of the members get to have a competition of their own and most of the time, choose the winner themselves too.

We have just had a vote to decide the winner of our May Challenge and Jenna Plewes won and will be invited to take a six month writing ‘trip’ as part of Sue Burge’s epic ‘Writing Cloud.‘ This is a wicked prize and I think a lot of people will be quite jealous of her (me included.)

Prior to that we had our April Challenge, which saw us have a Stickleback competition that will see John Gosnell and Debjani Chatterjee both have a micro-collection pamphlet published featuring their work and receive 100 copies of their printed pamphlet each. How cool is that? Both of their entries were brilliant and again, the members of the Cult chose the winner. I love that sort of thing.

As for June’s challenge, I’m judging that one and I love the idea as I’ve asked people to think of an advertising slogan that, like a song, triggers a memory, and uses that as a basis of a poem. I’ve already received a few entries and every day look forward to seeing what appears in my inbox. There is such a diversity of approach and wonderful collective talent in our wee Cult, I’m, err, lovin’ it.

‘Lenin & McCarthy’ Competition – RESULTS

I’m really rather pleased to (finally) announce the results for our ‘Songs of Lenin & McCarthy’ Competition, but first an apology.

Over the last six months, unfortunately things haven’t exactly run smoothly and  for many reasons this has managed to get in the way of a lot of the things I have been planning and trying to do with the Hedgehog Press.  I don’t really want to make excuses, but in trying to catch-up with other things, one that has taken me an age to get on top of has been this competition. Which is a shame as it is one that I was particularly keen on when I organised it.

Anyway, I just wanted to say sorry to everybody that has entered and had to wait an age for the results, but we got here in the end and there we are.

So long overdue they may be, but I’m really (really) pleased to be able to announce that the shortlisted poets who will have their poem included in the ‘Songs of Lenin & McCarthy’ anthology early next year:

1. Abi Roper

2. AJ Goryn

3. Anne Maguire

4. Belinda Rimmer

5. Carl Griffin

6. Carol Rosalind Smith

7. Ceinwen Haydon

8. Darren Beaney

9. Debjani Chatterjee

10. Denni Turp

11. Gaynor Kane

12. Genya Johnson

13. Geraldine Dudley

14. Isabelle Kenyon

15. Jenna Plewes (Selvas)

16. Karen Mooney

17. Kevan Taplin

18. Martin Malone

19. Patricia Bennett

20. Therese Kieran

The Overall Winner, who will receive a prize of £100, is: Anne Maguire

Additionally, Two Highly Commended Runners-up, Gaynor Kane and Karen Mooney will each receive a Prize of £25

I’d like to thank everybody who entered for their patience and importantly, apologise to the ever tolerant Matt Duggan who was originally scheduled to judge the competition. None of the issues were down to Matt who has been a total gent throughout and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted any blame attached to him for something that was quite simply out of his control. All mistakes are my own, as they say.

All the best

Mark Davidson
The Hedgehog Poetry Press

White Label -Deux – First Collection Competition RESULTS

I’m really rather proud to be able to announce the winners of our second White Label First Collection Competition.

If you remember the aim was to find three, quite brilliant first collections to be published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press.

We were looking for something special and it was a horrible process even to get it down to a short list of six, all of whom could easily have made the final three.

In the end, I’m pleased to say that I decided to blow the budget (as though we had one) and am in fact inviting all of the Six Shortlisted Poets to have their collection published as a pamphlet by the Hedgehog Press.

So congratulations to:

  1. Francoise Chouinard
  2. Gaynor Kane
  3. Leung Rachel Ka Yin
  4. Michal Choiński
  5. Sue Norton, and
  6. Vicky Allen

…who I hope you will enjoy reading in the near future.

I’d like to thank everybody who entered the competition, the standard was, as ever, quite incredible.