Lesley Saunders (poet)

Lesley Saunders wins Candlestick Press/Cloud Appreciation Society competition

Lesley Saunders’ poem ‘Hazy, Massed, Dappled’ has been selected as the overall winner of the Candlestick Press/Cloud Appreciation Society (CAS) competition. It was picked by judge Katharine Towers,  Candlestick Press Assistant Editor and CAS Poet in Residence, from over 600 poems … Continue reading

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Lesley Saunders’ translation of Horta wins Stephen Spender prize

“The translation by Lesley Saunders of Poema, by the Portuguese writer and activist Maria Teresa Horta, recently took first prize in the Open category of the Stephen Spender prize for poetry in translation.” The original poem and the winning translation … Continue reading

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Successes for Two Rivers Press Poets at Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition

The 24th Wells Festival of Literature is going on right now:  October 14-22, 2016. The Festival runs a poetry competition each year and announces the winners at the festival.   It is with great pleasure and not just a little … Continue reading

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Lesley Saunder’s poem, Asylum, on Youtube

I will take you myself on my shoulders and the task will not weigh heavy on me -Vergil, Aeneid II, 708 So begins, “Asylum” by Lesley Saunders, recited here by  Eva Traynor. “Asylum”  is a poem in a collection  Lesley … Continue reading

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Lesley Saunders wins third prize at Ambit’s 2015 Poetry and Fiction Competition

The results have been announced in Ambit’s second Annual Poetry Competition judged by Dan O’Brien: First Prize goes to Geraldine Clarkson (the winner of last year’s 2nd Prize) for her poem ‘Brother’ Second Prize goes to Josh Ekroy, for ‘Blood … Continue reading

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Radio program: “A Good Read” discusses Saunder’s “Christina the Astonishing”

Radio 4 Extra is re-running ‘A Good Read’ with Sarah Lefanu – this episode includes a discussion of Jane Draycott & Lesley Saunder’s “Christina the Astonishing”:  a collection of poems inspired by the life of an obscure medieval saint, Christina … Continue reading

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Friday 13th and Saturday 14th February: Poetry workship at Reading Museum

Poet and educationalist Lesley Saunders is running two workshops at the Museum on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th February from 10.30-2pm. £25. To book email elaine.blake@reading.gov.uk Join acclaimed poet and educationalist Lesley Saunders for one of two workshops exploring the … Continue reading

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Thursday, 2 October, 2014: HIGH WIRE ACT: POEMS OF FLIGHT with Claire Dyer, Susan Utting, and Lesley Saunders

As part of the four day Swindon Poetry Festival  (2-5 October 2014) , poets Claire Dyer, Susan Utting, and Lesley Saunders explore the meanings of flight, whether in balloons, space-ships and parachutes, or as imaginary birds, or in human relationships. … Continue reading

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Reading our poets in other places….

  Lesley Saunders’ poem, “On Nazim Gafurri Street”  appears in the Members’ Poems in  Poetry News  (Summer 2014). In every issue of Poetry News, a leading poet is asked for his or her pick of members’ poems on a chosen … Continue reading

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Warmest Congratulations! Frogmore Poetry Prize 2014 goes to Lesley Saunders!

Lesley Saunders has been awarded  the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2014 by Abegail Morley.  Isn’t that grand? We are so pleased for her!   She really is a splendid poet….and you should find out for yourself by treating yourself to her … Continue reading

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Lesley Saunders – 2014 Hippocrates Open Commendations

Two Rivers Press would like to congratulate Lesley Saunders.  Her poem “Fray” is one of the commended poems of this year’s 2014 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. On inspiration for “Fray” Lesley says:  ‘During last year’s Hippocrates symposium day at … Continue reading

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11- 12 June, 2013 Two River Press poets at A Week of Good Poetry, Bath, UK

A WEEK OF GOOD POETRY 10 – 15 JUNE BATH CENTRAL LIBRARY  As part of  A Week of Good Poetry – Bath Poetry Cafe, which starts 10 June, 2013, Claire Dyer, Lesley Saunders and Susan Utting will be holding talks … Continue reading

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Poem of the week: Lesley Saunders’ ‘Fairchild’s Mule’

January 28, 2013 – Lesley Saunders’ poem ‘Fairchild’s Mule’, from her collection Cloud Camera, is this week’s poem on the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre. To read the poem please visit: http://www.poetry.brookes.ac.uk/poemoftheweek/

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Review: Lesley Saunders’ Cloud Camera reviewed in Poetry Review

Below is an extract from the review “Unlit Rooms” by Michael Hulse which appears in POETRY REVIEW Volume 102:3 Autumn 2012 p119-120 Unlit Rooms MICHAEL HULSE Lesley Saunders, Cloud Camera, Two Rivers Press, £8.99, ISBN 9781901677812 Stephen Edgar, The Red … Continue reading

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Review: Jessica Mayhew reviews Cloud Camera by Lesley Saunders

Jessica Mayhew is currently a student at the University of Northampton, studying English Literature and Creative Writing. She has had poems published in several magazines including The Seventh Quarry. Of Lesley Saunder’s new collection Cloud Camera she writes: “Cloud Camera evokes … Continue reading

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Saturday, 19 May 2012 Caversham Arts Trail: poetry reading from Lesley Saunders Cloud Camera, 3pm

It is almost time for the third Caversham Arts Trail. The Trail this year takes place on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May and Friday 18th – Sunday 20th May. All venues are open from 11am to 5pm. With 32 … Continue reading

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Saturday, 19 May, 2012: Museums at Night: Poetry Night at MERL and launch of Lesley Saunders’ Cloud Camera, 6-10pm

Join Two Rivers Press for an evening of poetry readings, local beer and the chance to visit the ‘Our Sporting Life’ exhibition at MERL, which opens on 16 May, or take a relaxing out of hours stroll around the Museum … Continue reading

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Poem: Germ Theory by Lesley Saunders

Germ Theory ‘Hydras and Gorgons, and Chimeras dire’ William Heath, ‘A Monster Soup’, satirical etching of a sample of Thames water 1828 We are all sapiens, all cherishable. Even those of us who drink only bottled water for fear of … Continue reading

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Lesley Saunders and the Frogmore Poetry Competition

Lesley Saunders has been awarded first runner up in the Frogmore Poetry Prize. Established in 1987, the prize of two hundred guineas, is awarded annually.

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Lesley Saunders is runner up in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition

Lesley Saunders (Her Leafy Eye, 2009 and Christina the Astonishing, 1998) is one of five runners up in the 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition.

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Lesley Saunders Wins National Trust’s Landlines Competition Landlines

Congratulations to our poet Lesley Saunders who has won the National Trust’s Landline Competition with her poem Leaf Goddess. Leaf Goddess The question of bracelets is the one about nakedness and what makes it, how her bare arm has just … Continue reading

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Lesley Saunders recognized again at the Manchester Poetry Prize

Lesley Saunders, author of Christina the Astonishing and Her Leafy Eye is one of six poets to be shortlisted for the 2010 Manchester Poetry Prize. In 2008, Lesley was the joint winner of the prize.

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Review of No Doves by Lesley Saunders

David Morely reviews Two Rivers Press poet, Lesley Saunders’ collection No Doves (Mulfran Press).

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HerLeafyEyeSmallHer Leafy Eye by Geoff Carr (images) Lesley Saunders (poet)


Lesley Saunders wins joint first prize

We are delighted to announce that Lesley Saunders, author of Christina the Astonishing and Her Leafy Eye, is the joint winner of the first prize in the inaugural Manchester Poetry Prize. Lesley, a university professor, shares the £10,000 first prize … Continue reading

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©Two Rivers Press. All rights reservedChristina the Astonishing by Jane Draycott (poet) Lesley Saunders (poet) Peter Hay (artist)


Lesley has worked with a number of artists over the last few years – including for “Her Leafy Eye”, a book of poems inspired by the 18th century landscaped gardens at Rousham in Oxfordshire.

She first became involved with Two Rivers Press when Peter Hay designed and published – and produced a wonderful series of images for “Christina the Astonishing”, which she wrote together with Jane Draycott in the late 1990s.

More recently she contributed several of her poems to “Reading Poetry: an anthology” ( which collects together works from 16 local poets and illustrates them with evocative watercolours of the area by Sally Castle.

To read some of her poems and to learn more about Lesley Saunders, please click here.