Winner of the Ink Sweat and Tears Pamphlet Commission Competition

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Awarded: £2000, a published pamphlet, 100 copies of that pamphlet, and a reading at Café Writers in Norwich in November 2019.
Judges: Jay Bernard, Kate Birch, Chris Gribble and Helen Ivory.

The judges said of Gail’s poems:

“What struck and moved us was the ‘fragility and vulnerability’ in Gail’s poetry at what it is to be in a same-sex relationship wanting a child in a part of the UK – Northern Ireland – where same-sex marriage is not legal, where there is no NHS support for IVF for same sex-couples and where abortion is still illegal. This pamphlet examines what it means to be a non-biological parent (mother? father? fother? mather? something else?) in a queer partnership. It asks what queerness does to pregnancy and parenthood, and what pregnancy and parenthood does to queerness. And it wonders how we might reimagine parenthood without gendering it.”

Degree of recognitionInternational


  • poetry
  • queer
  • parenthood
  • northern ireland
  • gender
  • poems