“What happens in the heart, simply happens” – Ted Hughes
Examples of New Work in Poetry eligible for the Ted Hughes Award 2017
Please note: The following serves as a guide to just some of the kinds of works eligible in the 2017 Ted Hughes Award, and is not a representation of the shortlist or recommendations. If you’d like to recommend any of the following, or any other work published in 2017, please send in a recommendation form.
Tom Jenks for Crabtree (A Libretto): An intense story of love, loss and betrayal in the highest tradition of operatic tragedy – macerating popular culture along the way.
Jay Bernard for Surge: Side A: A multimedia performance piece using archive film, video and audio, re-visiting 1981’s New Cross Massacre in the light of Brexit, Trump and the rise of far right ideology.
Sophie Herxheimer for Velkom to Inklandt: an exploration of the immigrant experience in the UK through the voice of the poet’s German Jewish Grent Muzzer – and performed live via giant, human-sized pages:
Inua Ellams for #Afterhours: A memoir and anthology told through a mixture of prose, poetry, and selected works published every day from the poet’s birth up to the age of 18.
Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry – Previous Winners
Hollie McNish for Nobody Told Me
2016 judge Jo Bell said “This book is more than the sum of its parts, combining the immediacy of a diary with straight talking poetry from a spoken word tradition. This book is funny and serious, humane and consciousness-raising: it changed the way I think about women (and I am one).”
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