Poetry Competition and Essay Prize

The John Pickard Essay Prize 2016

You are invited to enter a monograph of not more than 2000 words for The John Pickard Essay Prize. The monograph may be on any individual related to the Pre-Raphaelite circle.

The winner will receive £100 prize and publication in the Spring 2017 Review and subsequently the essays of runners-up may also be published. The final decision will be made by the Committee of the Pre-Raphaelite Society.

Entries are to be received by the Editor by 31st December 2016, and may be emailed to Serena Trowbridge.


The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize 2016

Rules for Entry

1st Prize: £50

The three winning poems will be published in the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Review, along with two Commended poems.

General

  • Entry is open to all writers of any nationality, aged 18 years and over.
  • The competition will be judged by the Editor of the Society’s Review, Serena Trowbridge; and by the Society’s Poet-in-Residence, Sarah Doyle. All entries will be seen by both judges.
  • Poems may be in any style, but must be written in English.
  • Poems must in some way reflect an aspect (or aspects) of the lives or works of the Pre‑Raphaelite Brotherhood or their broader circle.
  • Every poem should be accompanied by a brief (maximum 100 words) explanation of how the poem relates to the Pre-Raphaelites.
  • Poems must be typed/printed on A4 paper; hand-written entries are not permitted.
  • The maximum length for each poem is 100 lines.
  • The closing date for the competition is 31st December 2016.
  • A maximum of three poems per entrant may be submitted.
  • Entry is £2 per poem, or £5 for the maximum of three poems

Eligibility

  • Poems must be the entrant’s own work.
  • Poems may not have been previously published – in print, electronically or online; nor broadcast via any means (including podcasting); nor exhibited in a public place.
  • Poems should not be submitted for consideration elsewhere during the competition and during the subsequent period of adjudication.
  • Winning poems should not be submitted for publication elsewhere prior to appearing in theReview.
  • Poems may not have won a prize in previous competitions.
  • Poems may not be withdrawn or altered once submitted into the competition.

How to Enter

  • No identifying marks should appear on the poem/s or on accompanying explanation/s.
  • On a SEPARATE sheet of paper, please include your name, address, telephone number, email address and the name/s of your poems.
  • Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Pre-Raphaelite Society’.
  • Please send TWO COPIES of your poem/s and explanation/s, along with the entrance fee, and one copy of your personal details to:
    The Competition Secretary, 21 Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, Worcestershire B60 4DP
  • The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  • Entry into the competition implies an understanding and acceptance of the Rules of Entry.

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AGM and Lecture: Dr Serena Trowbridge – ‘The Poetry of Elizabeth Siddal’ 29 October

Our AGM and Founder’s Day Lecture on 29 October features Dr Serena Trowbridge. Her lecture is entitled ‘The Poetry of Elizabeth Siddal’.

Venue: Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham – AGM starts at 10.30 a.m. – Lecture starts at 12.00 p.m.

Few female figures of the nineteenth century have engaged the popular imagination as much as that of Elizabeth Siddal. For most people, their first experience of Siddal is as a model. Her life seems to be of more interest than her work, however; she seems to exist in our consciousness of the Victorian period as a woman who represents the repressed, neglected and ‘fallen’ females of the time. The myths about her abound, yet these views are stereotypes and barely scratch the surface. Increasingly her drawing and painting is seriously studied, but her poetry less so. Why is it so difficult to take Siddal’s poems seriously? This lecture will examine Siddal’s poems, and suggest some ways in which it might be possible to take her writing seriously, looking at her skill as a poet and also ways in which her style was shaped by those around her. Although there are few poems extant, there is enough to give an idea of the kind of poet she was, and to draw some wider conclusions about her work in relation to Pre-Raphaelitism, Victorian medievalism and also the poems of Christina Rossetti.

Dr Serena Trowbridge is Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University, and the Editor of the Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society. Her books include Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities (with Amelia Yeates), Christina Rossetti’s Gothic, and Insanity.

Please email info@Pre‑Raphaelitesociety.org for details.

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Lecture by Dr Fiona Mann – ‘Edward Burne-Jones and Watercolour Painting 1857-1898’ September 17

Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m. Reception from 10.30am.

Edward Burne-Jones’s early years as an artist were spent under the watchful eye of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but by the 1870s he had developed an independent and idiosyncratic style of watercolour painting, which would defiantly challenge the existing conventions of the medium. His continual quest for improvement and the perfect expression of his personal vision led him to experiment with many of the latest new nineteenth-century painting materials which he purchased from the respected artists’ colourman, Charles Roberson, whose sales ledgers survive today. My research, based largely on the Roberson ledgers, reveals fascinating insights into the artist’s evolving technical practice in the medium of watercolour over the course of his whole career. Works in the collection of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery provide the main focus of this lecture.

Fiona Mann completed her PhD in History of Art at Oxford Brookes University in 2012, under the supervision of Professor Christiana Payne. Her thesis was entitled “Brushing the Surface: The Practice and Critical Reception of Watercolour Techniques in England 1850-1880” and it investigated the impact of new nineteenth-century watercolour materials and equipment on the radical painting techniques of contemporary artists, including Samuel Palmer, Frederick Lewis, Myles Birket Foster, John William North and Edward Burne-Jones. Her MA studies focussed on the watercolours of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. She has subsequently published an article on writers in art in the British periodical press between 1850 and 1880 in the British Art Journal; and on the watercolour painting methods of Edward Burne-Jones in the Burlington Magazine. She is currently researching the oil painting materials and techniques used by Burne-Jones, for which she has received a Paul Mellon Research Grant.

For further details relating to the event mentioned above please email info@Pre‑Raphaelitesociety.org.

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London Lecture: An Evening of Pre-Raphaelite Lectures at SPAB Tonight, spaces free!

Venue: The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, In the Committee Room, 37 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY – Lecture starts at 6:30 p.m.

We have free spaces available for our wonderful lectures tonight!

Zaynub Zaman will present ‘Talking that Talk: negative speech in the poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’, based on her Pickard Prize-winning essay. Anne Stutchbury will present ‘Instruments of Femininity: the Arnold Dolmetsch clavichords of 1897, Nos. 8 and 10’, which discusses the iconography in the decorations by Helen Fry and Edward Burne-Jones. Clavichord No.10 was in Tate Britain’s ‘Pre-Raphaelites Victorian Avant-Garde’ exhibition and is currently at Standen.

Zaynub Zaman is the 2014 Pickard Prize Winner and undertaking a PhD at the University of Liverpool, tracing the presence of Dante Alighieri in the poetical and pictorial works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti with particular focus on medieval mysticism and sexuality.

Anne Stutchbury is currently finishing an AHRC funded, collaborative PhD research project with the National Trust at Standen in West Sussex. Her doctoral research of Standen and the Beale family began in 2012.

The London and Southern Group lecture series is designed to present the very latest in Pre-Raphaelite research to members in a supportive environment. If you are a postgraduate student, early career professional, or an independent scholar we are accepting abstracts.

ADMISSION: £5.00 payable on the door tonight, including free tea and coffee.  Please email nouveaudigital@gmail.com to reserve!

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‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ Twitter competition winner

Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion runs at the Walker Art Gallery until 5 June

We’re excited to announce our winner of the signed exhibition catalogue from Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion at the Walker Art Gallery! Congratulations to Freya Gowrley (@Freya_Gowrley) recent art history PhD graduate from at Edinburgh University (@EdinburghUni), we hope you enjoy it.

Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion ran at the Walker Art Gallery until 5 June 2016. The catalogue is available to buy online.

National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside (NMGM) is an exempt charity by virtue of Schedule 3 to the Charities Act 2011. National Museums Liverpool, 127 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2JH.

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Exhibition visit: ‘Painting with Light’ Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the modern age, Tate Britain, 10 September

All Pre-Raphaelite Society members are invited to a gallery visit hosted by the London and Southern group to see ‘Painting with Light’ Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the modern age. The visit will take place on Saturday 10th September 2016, at 2p.m at Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG.

Tate Britain presents the first major exhibition to celebrate the spirited conversation between early photography and British art. It brings together photographs and paintings including Pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic and British impressionist works. Spanning 75 years across the Victorian and Edwardian ages, the exhibition opens with the experimental beginnings of photography in dialogue with painters such as J.M.W. Turner and concludes with its flowering as an independent international art form.

Stunning works by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, JAM Whistler, John Singer Sargent, John William Waterhouse and others will for the first time be shown alongside ravishing photographs by pivotal early photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, which they inspired and which inspired them.

We will meet at the Manton entrance to Tate Britain on Atterbury Street at 1:45pm to distribute tickets for our 2pm slot.

For further details relating to the event mentioned above please email Madeleine Pearce, the London and Southern Group coordinator, nouveaudigital@gmail.com. Sign up leaflets will be available in the next PRS mailing.

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Latest issue of ‘The Review’ out now- Vol. XXIV, No. 1, Spring 2016

The latest edition of ‘The Review’, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, Spring 2016, is now available. Members receive ‘The Review’ for free but copies can also be purchased by non-members. Please email info@Pre‑Raphaelitesociety.org for details.

  1. “‘All Equal Before God’? Christina Rossetti and the War of the Sexes” by Gerald Roberts.
  2. The John Pickard Essay Prize Winner for 2015 “Millais’s Muse” by Kevin Hill.
  3. The John Pickard Essay Prize Runner-up for 2015 “The Gardens in the Paintings of Waterhouse” by Diana Tarlindano.
  4. “Nocturne in Blue” poem by Sarah Doyle.
  5. The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize Winner for 2015 “Winter’s Place” by Lavinia Singer.
  6. Announcement: The John Pickard Essay Prize 2016.
  7. Announcement: The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize 2016
  8. Enchanted Dreams Student Writing Competition: Critical Writing Winner – Max Price.
  9. Enchanted Dreams Student Writing Competition: Creative Writing Winner – Helena Hoar.
  10. “Exhibition Review: The Enchanted Dreams of E. R. Hughes” by Hannah Comer.
  11. “Book Review Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic Exhibition Catalogue by Joanne Parker and Corinna Wagner” by Peter Wise.
  12. “Book Review A Visionary in the West: Albert Goodwin in Devon and Cornwall by Peter Wiseby Aileen Naylor.
  13. “Book Review The Poetics of Sight by John Harvey” by Jorge Contreras.
  14. “Book Review The Nazarenes: Romantic Avant-Garde and the Art of the Concept by Cordelia Grewe” by Nic Peeters.
  15. “Book Review Arts and Crafts Stained Glass by Peter Cormack” by Alison Robertson.
  16. “Book Review Visual Culture in Britain Special Issue: Visualizing Identities” by Mark Jones.
  17. Meeting Reports.
  18. Notes and Queries.

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