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Tim Turbull wins 'The Contenders' | 27-Jan-06

Tim Turnbull has won 'The Contenders', a £10,000 Performance Poetry Fellowship, awarded by the Arts Foundation. Born in North Yorkshire in 1960, recently published his first full length collection of poetry - Stranded in Sub-Atomica - with Donut Press.

Donut Press - the publisher of Tim's poetry - say his work is "Formal and satirical on the page; on stage, Turnbull is a poet with a powerful, punky charisma. In December he performed with fellow Contenders Shortlistees at London 's Queen Elizabeth Hall. Audience and judges alike loved his forceful, comic performance - and tonight, at Pentagram in London 's Notting Hill, we discovered it had won him the £10,000 prize."

The Contenders judges were Ian McMillan, poet and presenter of BBC Radio 3's The Verb; Ruth Borthwick, Head of Literature and Talks at London's South Bank Centre; and poet, Philip Wells.

Other shortlisted poets were Zena Edwards, Kat Francois, Matt Harvey and Shamshad Khan.

Tim, who is currently Writer in Residence at H.M. Young Offenders Institute, Werrington, intends to spend his winnings developing a stage show to accompany his next book - Caligula on Ice

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