2017 is not the time to blink

Barbara Marsh

Winner of the 2015 Troubadour Poetry Prize!

Her poem about memory, ‘The Farthest Way East’, set on the US-Canada border, with its references to the “the white backdrop eclipsing the land / five months of the year,” was said by judge Jean Sprackland to reveal a little more of its meaning “each time you read it”.   
Barbara Marsh was presented with her prize by Richard Douglas Pennant of Cegin Productions, which sponsors the competition. Organiser Anne-Marie Fyfe said that the Troubadour competition helped keep Coffee-House Poetry running all year round, in the absence of any public funding.  
Barbara Marsh was born in Rhode Island and spent her childhood traversing the USA, thanks to her father’s Naval career. After university, she lived in New York City, making inroads into the Village music scene as a singer-songwriter. She moved to London, where she co-formed music duo The Dear Janes, releasing three albums in Europe and the US. She lives and teaches in London.