Meet the Judges

Meet the 2022 Judges

Photo portrait of poet and academic Jane Griffiths in woodlandJane Griffiths

Jane Griffiths has published five collections of poetry with Bloodaxe Books, of which Another Country (2008) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection, and Silent in Finisterre (2017) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her next collection, Little Silver, will be published in 2022. She grew up in Devon and in Holland. She read English at Magdalen College, then worked as a bookbinder and lexicographer before returning to Oxford for a doctorate on the Tudor poet John Skelton. She was a Lecturer in English at St Edmund Hall and at the universities of Edinburgh and Bristol, and is now Placito Fellow and Tutor in English at Wadham College. 

Watch Jane discuss her poem ‘nature, n.¹ 


John Clegg

John Clegg works as a bookseller in London. His most recent full collection, Holy Toledo! (Carcanet, 2016), was nominated for the Ledbury Forte Prize; a chapbook, Pinecoast, was published by Hazel Press in 2021.

Watch John perform his poem 'The Sun Box'.




Mishtooni Bose

Mishtooni Bose is Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Medieval Poetry in English at Christ Church, Oxford, and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of English, Oxford. She teaches literature from c. 650-c.1550, covering a wide range of texts in Old and Middle English, including the work of anonymous poets before the Norman Conquest and latterly the works of Chaucer, Langland and Gower. Her research focuses on religious controversy and intellectual life in England and Europe between c. 1370-c.1530 and some of her most recent publications have discussed Piers Plowman, the Franklin’s Tale, the Nun’s Priest’s Tale and late-medieval drama and dialogue.