Winning an Award



I am delighted to share with you the wonderful news: I am one of five poets who have received a Northern Writers Award 2020 from New Writing North. The poetry entries were judged by Vahni Capildeo. They were said to be ‘highly impressed’.

New Writing North is a development agency that supports reading and writing in the North of England. It was established in 1996 to commission new work, create development opportunities, nurture talent, and make connections. Since 2000 NWN has also run the annual Northern Writers Awards. Funding for these awards comes from different sources, such as the Arts Council, TV’s Channel 4.

This year more than £45,000 was given to 26 winners from a record-breaking 1,800 entrants. I sent off my submission of 29 pages at the end of December. With everything that happened this year I had completely forgotten about it. I am going to spend the award money on getting a mentor as this current project is well outside my comfort zone.

The short poem below is the current title poem.



Remembering is like hay-fever:
there before you know it.
Other people unaffected and smiling.

Remembering is a disease
with a double-barreled name
like Schadenfreude-Unheimlich,
and the GP whom you’ve waited

to see for at least a week
looks through you and says
she’s never heard of it.

It’s being back in a classroom,
you can’t read the blackboard sums
and the teacher is pointing at you.

10 thoughts on “Winning an Award

  1. Hannah Mackay

    How brilliant Fokkina! And lucky mentor to get to work with you!! I hope to see you soon so we can have a celebration xx


    1. acaciapublications Post author

      Many thanks for your good wishes. I’m enjoying your blog. I got Vuursteen Zomer 2020 and saw your haibun. I’ve been a member of HKN for many years, since Hans Reddingius attended a BHS conference, but my Dutch isn’t good enough for writing poems!

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    2. whippetwisdom

      Thank you kindly dear Fokkina, so lovely to hear you’re a member of HKN too! I only found out about them last year and am really enjoying reading so many lovely haiku, haibun and tanka in Dutch 🧡


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