Examples of New Work

“What happens in the heart, simply happens” – Ted Hughes

Examples of New Work in Poetry eligible for the Ted Hughes Award 2016

Crow © Estate of Leonard Baskin
Crow © Estate of Leonard Baskin

 Please note: The 2016 Ted Hughes Award is now closed for recommendations. The winner was announced on 29 March 2017. The following list is of examples of eligible new work and not represent the shortlisted works for 2016.



Brian Bilston (@BrianBilston) for You Took The Last Bus Home

51ottB+YRbLThe 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

LindaFrance-261x300Compass 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 (@LaviniaGreenlaw) for The Sea is an Edge and an EndingThe_Sea_Is_An_Edge_and_an_Ending_02

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

9780993211973-perfect4-front-coverThe 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 Keepersfinderskeeperscover

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 (@BZephaniah) for Paa Joe & the Lion 

paa-joeA 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

2015 Winner

David Morley @ProfDavidMorley for The Invisible Gift

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.”

2014 Winner 

Andrew Motion @motionandrew for Coming Home

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.

2013 Winner

 Maggie Sawkins @SawkinsMaggie for Zones of Avoidance

(Trailer) “This is an ambitious multimedia presentation using film, voices and sound, which works exceptionally well.”– Denise Riley 

2012 Winner 

Kate Tempest @katetempest for Brand New Ancients.

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 MoonCollection of

Poems and Drawings, A life of transitions

Carrie Etter for Imagined SonsCollection, A deepening sense of a birthmother’s consciousness

Steve Ely for Oswald’s Book of HoursCollection to rehabilitate an organic English identity

Chris McCabe for PharmapoeticaArt Installation, “medical cabinet of poems”, accompanying book

Alice Oswald for TithonusPoem and Performance meeting the dawn at midsummer

Zoë Skoulding for The Museum of Disappearing SoundsCollection, new perspectives on language 

Hannah Silva for Total ManPerformance, based on ‘evolutionary theory of personality’ writings of Stan Gooch