Uproot, by Pnina Shinebourne, was the winner of the 2017 Overton Poetry Prize. Over a series of 11 poems, it tells the story of the Ethiopian Jewish diaspora in Jerusalem. Including landscapes, myth, family and personal experience, it is a unique and brilliantly told story. Competition judge Helen Calcutt wrote that “I felt like I was being introduced to a new world: Pnina is a great story-teller…”.
The Overton Poetry Prize is run by the School of Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University, in memory of Professor Bill Overton. Entry fees and book sales are used to fund a poet in residence to work with our students. Uproot was chosen from over 100 entries for this year’s Overton Poetry Prize. Judges Helen Calcutt and Kerry Featherstone were moved and intrigued by the collection. Kerry said that this collection is “a powerful combination of cultural authenticity and personal experience”.