Announcing the 2016 Melita Hume Prize Shortlist Ten poets have been selected for this year’s shortlist for the Melita Hume Prize, an annual poetry publication award for an original, first full-length collection by a young poet, resident in the UK or Ireland, writing in the English language. This year's prestigious shortlist includes poets from Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. The winner will be selected by UCL professor and Faber author, the acclaimed poet and scholar Mark Ford. The prize for the winner is £1,500 and a contract to publish a debut with Eyewear Publishing in 2017. The shortlisted poets are as follows: AFSHAN D'SOUZA-LODHIAfshan D'souza-Lodhi writes plays, prose, performance pieces and poetry. She runs the Women in the Spotlight programme—a BAME/LBT woman's writing for performance programme at Commonword/ Cultureword. She has performed and written pieces for Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Z-Arts, The Southbank Centre, The International Poetry Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Manchester Literature Festival and Contact. Catch her on twitter @ashlodhi on her website, one she hardly ever updates www.afshan.info ALEX WYLIEAlex Wylie was born in Blackpool in 1980 and grew up on Lancashire’s Fylde coast. In 2008, he gained a doctorate from Queen's University Belfast, writing a thesis on T.S. Eliot and Geoffrey Hill, and currently teaches at the School of English there. He has had nine poems included in Carcanet's New Poetries V. ANNA MACEAnna Mace was born in Devon and is an emerging writer and poet. Having studied Fine Art in Oxford, she is keen to merge the boundaries between text, art, science and performance, experimenting with different creative media and seeking to engage with a broad audience. Between writing she works as a teacher and has lived abroad in Asia and Europe but now resides in Bristol, UK. Mace has contributed to Translation Games, a project exploring literature and the fine arts with her poem, 'Shepard’s Scale' (published 2014), as a translation of Pietrio Reviglio’s drawings. She was resident poet for the National Trust (in collaboration with an artist) at Bucks Mill Cabin, Devon, last summer, producing a series of limited edition zines. BEN GWALCHMAIMaker, worker, writer, Ben Gwalchmai has worked with international opera and theatre companies, written for national newspapers and international journals, had several fiction and non-fiction publications as editor and writer, produced innovative pervasive media projects, and has won awards for his work. His satirical novel, Purefinder, is available in all good bookstores and online. DAVID SPITTLEDavid Spittle has recently completed a PhD on the poetry of John Ashbery and Surrealism. He has published reviews in Hix Eros and PN Review. David’s poetry has been published in Blackbox Manifold, Datableed, The Literateur, 3am, Shadowtrain, and Butcher’s Dog, and has been translated into French courtesy of Black Herald Press. In addition to poetry, he has written the libretti to three operas, performed at various venues around Cardiff and at Hammersmith Studios in London. In 2014 David was commissioned to write a song cycle for the Bergen National Opera, which has since been performed internationally. He blogs at http://themidnightmollusc.blogspot.co.uk JACQUELINE THOMPSONJacqueline Thompson is from Arbroath in Scotland and recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Edinburgh. Her poems have appeared in The Scotsman, New Writing Scotland, Gutter, For A’ That (Dundee University Press), In On the Tide (Appletree Writers Press), Double Bill (Red Squirrel Press) and From Arthur’s Seat (Egg Box Publishing). Her work will appear in Poetry Ireland Review in December. She was shortlisted for the Grierson Verse Prize 2013 and the Westport Arts Festival Poetry Prize 2016. JENNA CLAKEJenna Clake is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on the feminine and feminist Absurd in twenty-first century British and American poetry. She is also the Poetry and Arts Editor for the Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language. Her poetry has appeared in Poems in Which, The Bohemyth, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and more. NIALL BOURKENiall is from Kilkenny in Ireland, but now lives in London. He teaches English Literature at St Michael’s College in Bermondsey and in 2015 he finished an MA in creative writing and teaching at Goldsmiths University of London. He writes both poetry and prose and has been published in a number of journals and magazines in the UK and Ireland, including The Galway Review, Southbank Poetry, Magma, Three Drops From A Cauldron, Prole, Holdfast Magazine, and Ink Sweat and Tears. In 2015 he was longlisted for The Short Story competition and has been twice shortlisted for the Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year Award (for both poetry and fiction). He has also been shortlisted The 2015 Costa Short Story Award and The 2016 Bare Fiction Poetry Prize. PATRICK DAVIDSON ROBERTSPatrick Davidson Roberts was born in 1987 and grew up in the North-East of England; in Sunderland and Durham. In 2014 he was awarded a PhD in the poetry of Philip Larkin and others. He established The Next Review, a bi-monthly print magazine of poetry and criticism, in 2013 and is its editor. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton's Poetry Centre, and a contributing editor to The Poetry Archive. His poetry and criticism has been published widely both in print and online. He lives and works in London. TOM CLUCASTom Clucas completed his D.Phil. in English at the University of Oxford, where he won the Lord Alfred Douglas, Graham Midgley Memorial, Eugene Lee-Hamilton, and English Poem on a Sacred Subject prizes for poetry. Most recently, he has published poems in the Oxford Magazine, the Literateur, and Mistress Quickly's Bed, as well as a range of articles on British poetry in academic journals. He currently runs the St Edmund Hall Writers' Directory and Forum, and has given numerous poetry readings in England and Germany.