Surfacing was a winner in the 2012 Book & Pamphlet Competition, chosen by Simon Armitage.
"I especially like those passages where the sardonic and the poignant are almost impossible to separate or tell apart.... Geographically, linguistically, thematically and stylistically this is a varied and rich collections of poems; Attwooll has a keen eye and a sharp tongue but ultimately (I think) a sympathetic mind."
"The excitement of reading David Attwooll’s poems lies in the poet’s intense relationship to language and the verbal and textual musicianship with which he treats his subject matter. From the Goths, Transylvanians and teenage samurai, escaped from the pages of books, to email spam or jazz, to memories about childhood and place, these poems capture Attwooll’s delight in the world around him."
Before she took to poetry, Sally Goldsmith was a songwriter. Her pamphlet Singer was chosen by Michael Longley to be a first stage winner in the 2008 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. She has won many prizes too for her radio work and songwriting, including two Sony Radio Awards.