Faculty member Sara Humphrey wins Peacock prize.
15 Aug 2013
Faculty of Arts member, Sara Humphrey, has won the Peacock Poetry Prize with her entry Paco, which was described by judge and poet Andy Croft as “The strongest entry in the competition.”
Sara’s poem responded to the theme of ‘Wake Up World’, the title of Vanessa Redgrave and Carlo Nero’s UNICEF film, screened as part of the Brighton Festival in May.
Paco is a very harmful drug derived, as a by-product, from cocaine production and, as the poem suggests, has had a devastating effect on the lives of young people in South America.
Sara, who won the 20-25 year-old entry category said: “I have been writing since I was a child. I’m delighted to have won and it’s a great start to getting a full collection published in future”. Her prize was a festival poster signed by festival guest director and legendary actress, Vanessa Redgrave.
Sara has previously taken part in open poetry readings at Fringe festival events and began to write seriously about four years ago focussing on “darker or taboo subjects” aiming to draw attention to things which are not usually openly discussed.
The annual Peacock Prize is organised by Brighton Festival in partnership with Brighton and Hove Sussex Sixth From College. Senior judge Andy Croft was particularly impressed with the quality of work this year. He said: “There were a lot of powerful and memorable poems about important subjects this year.”
Paco and the other winning poems are accessible on the Brighton Festival website.