Judges announced for War Poetry for Today

Judges announced for War Poetry for Today

Friday, 26 September 2014

Our panel of expert judges have been announced for our War Poetry for Today competition. Find out who they are...

It is now our pleasure to announce our three judges, whom all have skills and expertise in the world of poetry, to make up our War Poetry for Today panel.

Jacqui Rowe

An alumnus of the University of Birmingham, Jacqui is an accomplished poet, writer and visual artist. Her work has appeared in Mslexia, The Interpreter’s House, Smith’s Knoll, Poetry Review, Reactions 2 and 3 and many other publications. In 2012, she won the Black Country Living Museum’s poetry competition with her poem, Airfix.Her published collections include Blue, Apollinaire (translations and recreations from the French), and Paint - poems inspired by Wightwick Manor.

In addition to her poetry, Jacqui is a trained screenwriter, who also writes fiction for young people. Jacqui is very active in performing and promoting live literature at spoken-word events. As an independent producer, she hosts and programmes Poetry Bites, a regular event featuring readings by leading poets. Jacqui’s record of leading workshops is extensive, and includes the Ledbury Festival, after which she set up Making Poetry, a Birmingham-based organisation offering a of programme of poetry workshops. 

Jacqui has mentored, among many others, a Birmingham Poet Laureate and a Foyle Young Poet of the Year. 

Stuart Lee

Dr Lee is a member of the English Faculty at Oxford, Director of Oxford University Computing Services, and Reader in E-learning and Digital Libraries. Dr Lee managed the original JTAP ‘Virtual Seminars’ Project (1996-98). Dr Lee was also the Research Officer for the Mellon-funded 'Scoping the Future of Oxford's Digital Collections', and sat on the JISC Digital Images working group. He has also published two books entitled Digital Imaging: A Practical Handbook(LAP, 2000), and Building an Electronic Resource Collection (LAP, 2002), and reports on learning design for JISC. He has lectured and tutored on the poetry of the First World War, Medieval literature, and Electronic literature.

Dr Lee is also the director of the First World War Poetry Digital Archive.


Alistair McCleery

Alistair McCleery is Professor of Literature and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University wherehe is also Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book. Despite his 'Eeyore-like' appearance opposite, he possesses an enthusiasm and passion for books and reading. He believes that books are key instruments not only in personal development but also in social mobility and inclusion. To this end, his own research and teaching has focussed upon ensuring the robustness of our reading culture and the availability of good books at affordable prices to service it. He has been involved inthe promotion of reading development and in the analysis of best models for publishing. In particular, he has a strong commitment to the distinctiveness of the cultural heritage of the nations and regions of the UK, stemming from his Ulster background and long-term Scottish residence.

Jacqui, Stuart and Alistair will be picking their winning poem from ten shortlisted poems picked by the Regeneration cast throughout the tour. The winner will then be announced on Friday 28 Nov at the Blackpool Grand Theatre. There are also prizes for the first runner-up and the 'most shared online' poem.

The submissions are coming in thick and fast and we have already shortlisted two poems which you can view here.

Submit your poem to our War Poetry for Today competition and maybe you will be the next war poet of today!



Regeneration premiered on 2 September 2014 (previews from 29 August) at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where it continues until 20 September 2014. It then tours to York, Edinburgh, Bradford, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Richmond, Wolverhampton, Darlington and Blackpool where it concludes on 29 November.