Alycia Pirmohamed, winner of the 2023 Nan Shepherd Prize

Alycia Pirmohamed

A Beautiful and Vital Place

We’re delighted to announce that the winner of the third Nan Shepherd Prize is Alycia Pirmohamed, with her urgent, captivating submission A Beautiful and Vital Place.

She receives a £10,000 publishing contract with Canongate and an offer of literary representation from Caro Clarke at Portobello Literary.

Alycia Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet based in Scotland. She is the author of the pamphlets Hinge and Faces that Fled the Wind, as well as the collaborative pamphlet Second Memory, co-authored by Pratyusha. Her debut poetry collection, Another Way to Split Water, was published by Polygon (UK) and YesYes Books (US). She is the recipient of several awards, including a Pushcart Prize, the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize and the 2020 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.

Marchelle Farrell


Moving between Trinidad and an idyllic English country garden, this lyrical and reflective book is about the search for home.

Nina Mingya Powles

Small Bodies of Water

In lyrical, powerful prose, Small Bodies of Water weaves together memories, dreams and nature writing. Exploring everything from migration, food, family, earthquakes to the ancient lunisolar calendar.