2018 Arnold Bennett PrizeArticle Written:
The Arnold Bennett Prize was inaugurated in 2017 and the winner was John Lancaster with his poetry anthology, Potters: A Division of Labour.
John was handed his £500 prize by John Shapcott and broadcaster and journalist Samira Ahmed who had earlier given a lecture entitled ‘What can Arnold Bennett Teach Brexit Britain.
John, a former Hanley High School pupil who went on to become a town planner in North Staffordshire, said the poems were all based on his time working at Meakins in Tunstall back in 1964.
Here is a sample:
Doris, The Cup Handler by John Lancaster
The six-foot lump with hands like spades
deftly joins up cup and handle
as only seconds slip
into eight hours
of joining up cups and handles
with endless fags and talk
of bingo, television
yelling down the shop
o the blushing young under-manager
‘Come ‘ere and let me see
if your rhubarb wants pullin’!’
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