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Student New Angle Prize longlist entry by Alison Dudeney - Where Folk Tales Rise


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Squishing and squelching their rhythm, these boots,

Squashing who knows what, journey on fallen reeds.

Layering a swampy imprint in peat-brown sponge,

A soup of brackish tea from where folk tales rise.


Uncanny mists drape derelict cliffs, tasting gravity,

Edging relics towards a gluttonous sea





Ghosts eddy and churn in hostile water on waning land,

Fables born from where folk tales rise.


Across flat yellow sand, cries haunt

Boggy marsh, reedy fen, grassy dune, and open skies.

Curlew-calls scull waves where footsteps tap and church bells ring

Through an insipid wash of time, the dead hear feet crunching pebbles.


Drowned mouths birth words between wind and rain,

Survivors craft their truths amid elemental myths.

Behind shafts of sunlight, lurking under the moon,

Shadows of stories drift; stone and bone

Clothed in flames, mingling with the ancients,

And phoenix-like, Dunwich folk tales rise.


- Alison Dudeney

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay 


Student New Angle Prize

The Student New Angle Prize is a competition partnered with the New Angle Prize for Literature, a national book award for published authors. SNAP is an annual event and offers all students of the University of Suffolk the chance to enter by submitting 500 words of original writing as prose or poetry. Like the New Angle Prize, all entries must either be set in or clearly influenced by our East Anglian region. 

The SNAP competition gives offers a chance to hear new voices in the region and encourages students to add to the literary representations of the region which continue to make East Anglia such an important place for art and literature and poetry. Every year a different judge is invited to join the panel. For this year the judge is honorary graduate, novelist and actress Esther Freud.  

Twelve writers from courses across the University have been longlisted for the SNAP Writing Awards 2021. The shortlist will be announced on 10th March. The winner and runner up will be announced 19th March.

If you are interested in writing, why not consider our BA(Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing or MA in Creative and Critical Writing?

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