Frank poetry prize awarded

By Stephanie Brickman, August 26, 2010

The inaugural poetry prize in memory of Glasgow Jewish artist and sculptor Hannah Frank has been won by a Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue member.

Freelance writer Vanessa Austin Locke received her prize in the adult category at a ceremony at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Monday. It would have been the 102nd birthday of the artist, who died, aged 100, in 2008. The competition, also reflecting Hannah Frank's interest in poetry, required entries inspired by one of her black-and-white drawings.

Ms Locke's poem, The Ballad of Two Women, was based on the artist's 1952 drawing, Dream. "It has been very interesting to learn about Hannah's history and see original works of art," she said. "Hannah's work represents three themes that I feel very close to - the feminine, the fey, and cultural Judaism - and they were the strands that I tried to weave through my poem."

Around 500 entries were submitted for the various categories, including some from Calderwood Lodge Jewish Primary pupils. They were judged by poet David Kinloch, reader in English studies at Strathclyde University.

Last updated: 10:28am, August 27 2010