Judge's Moyra Donaldson and Naomi Foyle had the following to say about Alan's work;
Alan presented a set of poems that, like the best ice-cream parlour, offered a taste of everything that poetry can do: reassure and enrich us with the classic flavours of empathy and intimacy, invigorate with the tang of social comment, and surprise with bold, pungent swirls of the unusual, disturbing and surreal. The formal choices here are varied and controlled. These are poems composed with a craft strong enough to support their compelling defamiliarizing vision, and well-deserving of first place.
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