Walt was a member of the Wharfedale Poets, a group of writers based in the valley of Wharfedale, where he lived and worked from 1997.  Drystone Lines an anthology of their work, was launched at the Ilkley Literature Festival on the 8th October 2014. Some of Walt’s poems (and photographs) are featured and the book is dedicated to his memory. A link to it is here.


Some of the poems Walt wrote with the Wharfedale Poets are here, including May You.


 Walt was a talented poet who wrote powerful poetry from a young age. ‘Poems of Desire and Despair’ is a collection of 25 poems which he wrote in his youth, including Yeat's Tower. These are shared here.


A book of Walt's poems was published in October 2016. If you would like a copy of this, please email info@WalterSwanTrust.org.uk.  


2018 Walter Swan Poetry Prize

Please see our events page for details of the 2018 competition within the Ilkley Literature Festival. The judge is top poet Imtiaz Dharker and the event to announce the winners is on the 11th October 2018.


2017 Walter Swan Poetry Prize 

Daljit Nagra was the judge for this  year's prize . The announcement of the winning poems is here:



2016 Walter Swan Poetry Prize 

The inaugural Walter Swan Trust Poetry prize as part of the Ilkley Literature Festival was judged by Andrew McMillan. The link to the winners and their winning poems is here:





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