Warda Wins Women Poets’ Prize
Squad grad Warda Yassin is one of the winners of this year’s Women Poets’ Prize. Set up by the Rebecca Swift Foundation, the prize is awarded once every two years to three women poets. Each winner is carefully matched with a poetry mentor and offered pastoral coaching, facilitating a holistic body of support that nurtures craft and personal wellbeing in equal measure. The Prize also offers a programme of support and creative professional development opportunities with the Foundation’s partners: Faber and Faber, The Literary Consultancy, RADA, City Lit, Verve Festival, Bath Spa University, and The Poetry School. In addition to these opportunities which constitute the Women Poets’ Prize professional grant, each successful poet receives a cash bursary of £1,000.
Warda said, “Alhamdillah, I’m so honoured and speechless! Thank you to the wonderful judges Liz Berry, Pascale Petit and Malika Booker for their ears and words and for the Rebecca Swift Foundation for the opportunity. Congratulations to Natalie Bolderston and Alisha Dietzman and all the other women who entered.”