“What happens in the heart, simply happens” – Ted Hughes
Examples of New Work in Poetry eligible for the Ted Hughes Award 2016
Please note: The 2016 Ted Hughes Award is now closed for recommendations. The winner will be announced on 29 March 2017. The following list is of examples of eligible new work and does not necessarily represent the shortlisted works for 2016.
Brian Bilston (@BrianBilston) for You Took The Last Bus Home
The first collection from Brian Bilston, the mysterious ‘Poet Laureate of Twitter’.
“Part John Cooper Clarke, part Frank Sidebottom. Brian’s minimalist homages… are all brilliant.” (Esquire Weekly)
S. J. Fowler (@stevenjfowler) for The Singing Bridge
A 40 minute mixed-media experience with contributions from drum and synth duo AK/DK, folk band Stick in the Wheel and poet SJ Fowler. The Singing Bridge weaves you along Waterloo Bridge and its surrounding paths to give you time and space to consider your relationship to this bridge and its environs. The project ran between 9-25 September 2016.
Linda France for Compass
Compass is a series of 4 sound commissions throughout the gardens at Cheeseburn combining words from writer in residence Linda France and wildlife sound recordings from Chris Watson, during the Bank Holiday weekend of 27th to 29th August 2016.
Lavinia Greenlaw (@) for The Sea is an Edge and an Ending
Lavinia Greenlaw has written and directed The Sea is an Edge and an Ending, a short film investigating what it means to lose your memory and disappear into the present tense. It is framed around a sequence she wrote about her father’s death from Alzheimer’s.
Rosie Jackson for The Light Box
The Light Box places the personal alongside classic myths, the imagined lives, and afterlives, of ordinary people, cultural icons, and those depicted in their art. Stanley Spencer, Margaret Thatcher, two men kissing in an airport arrivals hall; in Rosie Jackson’s hands, ‘the ordinary becomes unfamiliar and scarred with legend’.
Harry Man for Finders Keepers
A collaboration between poet Harry Man and artist and illustrator Sophie Gainsley that examines Britain’s vanishing wildlife.
Poems from the project are hung and geocached in public spaces across the country to memorialise lost species and to celebrate come of the success stories of species brought back from the brink and the conservation of British woodlands, hedgerows, rivers and other wild habitats.
Benjamin Zephaniah (@) for Paa Joe & the Lion
A feature film documentary directed by Benjamin Wigley, featuring original poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah. The film follows master coffin-maker Joe and his son and protege Jacob, as they travel from Ghana to the UK to undertake an artists’ residency that could change their lives.
Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry – Previous Winners
From the judges: “In these poems, David Morley switches forms and registers to reveal the versatility of the voices and the liveliness of the Romani culture, arguing for a tradition which has been invisible and silent.”
A poetic re-imagining and radio performance of shared conversations centered on the effect of conflict, praised by the judges for its “innovative and deeply moving” poetry.
(Trailer) “This is an ambitious multimedia presentation using film, voices and sound, which works exceptionally well.”– Denise Riley
Spoken Word; ‘Tempest’s everyday epic of small heroics and bad behaviour recasts the ancient gods as two London families’ – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Ted Hughes Award Previous Shortlisted Poets
Patience Agbabi for Telling Tales, Collection, 21st-Century remix of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Imtiaz Dharker for Over the Moon, Collection of
Poems and Drawings, A life of transitions
Carrie Etter for Imagined Sons, Collection, A deepening sense of a birthmother’s consciousness
Steve Ely for Oswald’s Book of Hours, Collection to rehabilitate an organic English identity
Chris McCabe for Pharmapoetica, Art Installation, “medical cabinet of poems”, accompanying book
Alice Oswald for Tithonus, Poem and Performance meeting the dawn at midsummer
Zoë Skoulding for The Museum of Disappearing Sounds, Collection, new perspectives on language
Hannah Silva for Total Man, Performance, based on ‘evolutionary theory of personality’ writings of Stan Gooch