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 with Mandy Coe, a former welder and electronics engineer from Liverpool. Their entries were selected from the 1,137 entries which came in from 30 countries!