AWARDS / COMMENDATIONS
National Poetry Competition 2019, Longlisted. Judges Mona Arshi, Helen Mort and Maurice Riordan.
Bridport Prize 2019, Shortlisted. Judged by Hollie McNish
Live Canon Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2019, winner, ‘Why? And other questions’
Ver Poetry Prize 2019, Highly Commended, ‘Next best Thing’. Judged by Kathryn Maris
Cinnamon Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2017, winner, ‘All the Relevant Gods’
Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition 2017, shortlisted, ‘All the Relevant Gods’
Anne Born Prize 2017, Commended. Judged by Rachael Boast.
Cannon’s Mouth ‘Sonnet or Not’ competition 2017, commended, for ‘Hat for Earrings’. Judged by Liz Berry
Poetry Society Stanza Competition 2016, Runner-up, for ‘Performance’. Judged by Ros Barber.
Poetry Society Stanza Poetry Competition 2014, 1st prize, for ‘Searching for the Police Tower, Orford Ness’. Judged by Les Robinson.
Hamish Canham Prize 2013 for ‘Ellipsis’. Judges Carole Satyamurti, Paul McGrane, Kate White and Mike Sims. Poem first published in 2012 in Poetry News. Selected by Stephen Knight from members’ poems on the theme of ‘Absent’.
The Plough Poetry Prize 2014, 2nd place, for ‘Gifted’. Judged by Liz Lochhead.
The New Writer poetry competition 2012, single poem category, 1st prize, for ‘Midnight Pickup’. Judged by Pascale Petit.
Poetry Society Stanza Competition 2012: ‘Handmade in Guangzhou’ – commended. Judged by John Siddique.
REVIEWS / BUY
Why? And other questions
Enjoying catching up on some reading. WHY? And Other Questions by @RobinHoughton from @LiveCanon is a heady mix of intriguing, meaty & poignant poems. Consume in one sitting or savour over several. #poetry #amreading pic.twitter.com/iFVvONBITe
— Hilaire (@Xilaire) December 27, 2019
Why? And other questions (Live Canon, November 2019)
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All the Relevant Gods
“…an impressive range of reference… it deploys the specific to hint evocatively at larger concerns” – Ian Gregson
“Confidently playful as well as seriously clever, these are poems that lodge in the memory and under the skin.” – Catherine Smith
“Robin Houghton’s All the Relevant Gods bears the confident hallmarks of an accomplished poet ready for a first full collection. […] There is a nicely insinuated examination of mutability throughout this book, as well as a wry critique of globalisation and the contemporary mores….[…] what lends her critique moral strength is the fact that Houghton implicates herself in the million sins of expediency that we all commit while deploring their aggregate results. Her own experience of the corporate world yields an authenticity to poems like ‘Handmade in Guangzhou’ ‘1 Poultry’ and ‘She discovered the internet’.” – Martin Malone in The Interpreter’s House
“…the strength of good writing […] when a phrase or stanza unpeels itself weeks later, somewhere deep in your skull without you even remembering it was there in the first place” – Abegail Morley at The Poetry Shed
Review by Becky Varley-Winter at Sabotage Reviews (“…persistently compelling” )
Review by Pam Thompson at London Grip (“Robin Houghton is a subtle poet: we recognise the places and circumstances of her poems yet, at the same time, she draws our attention consistently to what might be in ‘the unreachable corner of the room.'”)
Review by Emma Lee on her blog (“It’s refreshing to read a pamphlet willing to experiment with voice and style instead of tightly winding poems to a theme or restricting form to give poems a uniform feel.”)
All the Relevant Gods (Cinnamon Press, February 2018)
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The Great Vowel Shift
“a perfect little book full of powerful, subtle poems” – Hugh Dunkerley
“… equally at home in poignancy and exuberance”– John McCullough
“… an admirable balance of tenderness and terseness” – Hamish Canham Award judges on ‘Ellipsis’
“… a sense of the oceanic is achieved with the minimum of words and props” – Pascale Petit on ‘Midnight Pickup’
Reviewed by Steve McQueen in The Interpreter’s House 62
Reviewed by Jan Fortune in Envoi 172
Reviewed by Clare Best in The Frogmore Papers 84 (“… a beautifully balanced short pamphlet collection… each (poem) absolutely earns its place”)
The Great Vowel Shift, (Telltale Press 2014)
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