The award, which this year was shared between four winners, is given for a collection by poets under the age of 30. Antler features prehistoric landscapes, folk tale and myth. The book’s centrepiece, the sequence “Vaisala and Sinuhe,” charts an astronomy professor’s infatuation with one of his postgraduate students, who is almost certainly a werewolf.
As well as being a published poet, John Clegg is studying for a PhD under Dr Gareth Reeves, writing a thesis on the Eastern European influence in contemporary British poetry. In a pair of podcasts for READ, John can be heard reading from Antler and then discussing the challenges of both researching and writing poetry in a conversation with Gareth, who is another published poet working in the Department of English Studies.