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Released December 7th 2021 // 32 pages // 978-1-915079-96-1


The Michael Marks International Greek Bicentennial Poetry Prizes celebrate 200 years since the beginning of the Modern Greek State. Hundreds of international poets and illustrators submitted portfolios of new work, responding to the culture and history of the Greeks. This winners’ pamphlet, Ariadne, is the culmination of the prizes. It contains the winning sequence of poems, Ariadne, by Fiona Benson, a separate portfolio of illustrations, by Judith Eyal, and translations of the winning poems by Haris Psarras.

PRAISE for Ariadne:


'This prize-winning portfolio is a radically original insight into the myth. The poems are truthful, tender and appalling, showing us how vital the legacy of Greece still is; and also why, two hundred years ago, so many non-Greeks joined the struggle for Independence.'

    — Poetry Prize judges


Fiona Benson was educated at Trinity College, Oxford and then St Andrews University. Her full-length collection Bright Travellers (Cape, 2014) received the Seamus Heaney Prize for first collection and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her second book, Vertigo & Ghost (Cape, 2019) won the Forward Poetry Prize. She lives in mid-Devon with her husband and their two daughters.


Judith Eyal is an Art Director, designer and i