Alice Oswald was announced the first winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her collection Weeds and Wildflowers at an event in London on the 30 March 2010.
Alice commented: “This is a really generous and revolutionary gesture by Carol Ann Duffy. I love the way she is reinventing the Laureateship. I am of course deeply honoured to be given an award with Ted Hughes’ name on it and I’m pleased that it’s an award that dips beyond the mainstream into some of the more unusual poetic channels. The shortlist is a brilliant one. Thank you to the judges and to all those members of the Poetry Society who put forward our names. Thank you also to Jessica Greenman, whose etchings are more than half the making of Weeds and Wildflowers. But the biggest thank you – a continuous and increasing thank you – is to Carol Ann Duffy herself.”
Jackie Kay for Maw Broon Monologues (performed at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow). A full-length performance combining rhythmic verse, music and theatre.
Dannie Abse for New Selected Poems 1949-2009: Anniversary Collection (published by Hutchinson 2009). A celebration of the 60th anniversary of Dannie Abse’s first collection After Every Green Thing.
Paul Farley for Field Recordings: BBC Poems (1998-2008) (published by Donut Press 2009). This work brings together Farley’s broadcast poetry for the BBC over a ten-year period.
John Glenday for Grain (published by Picador 2009). Fourteen years in the making Grain is at times delicately lyrical and at times playful or surreal.
Alice Oswald for Weeds and Wild Flowers (published by Faber and Faber 2009). This is a magical meeting of the visionary poems of Alice Oswald and the darkly beautiful etchings of Jessica Greenman.
Chris Agee for Next To Nothing (published by Salt Publishing 2009). Next to Nothing records the years following the death of a beloved child in 2001.
Andrew Motion for The Cinder Path (published by Faber and Faber 2009). Motion’s collection offers a spectrum of lyrics, love poems and elegies all exploring how people cope with threats to and in the world around them.
Imtiaz Dharker was born in Pakistan, raised in Glasgow, and now lives between London and Mumbai. She works as a documentary film-maker in India, and is also an artist, having shown solo exhibitions in the UK, India and Hong Kong. Her most recent poetry collection is The Terrorist at my Table.
Tim Supple has directed, adapted and devised theatre, opera and film throughout the UK and worldwide. He has been Artistic Director of the Young Vic, and at the Royal National Theatre where he produced a co-adaptation of Ted Hughes’ translation of Tales from Ovid. His most recent theatre production was A Midsummer Night’s Dream for his own company, Dash Arts. Tim is currently developing productions of The One Thousand and One Nights and the great Persian epic The Shahnameh for the National Theatre in London.
Jo Shapcott has won the National Poetry Competition twice and her collection My Life Asleep won the Forward prize. She has worked on many collaborative music projects and is currently Visiting Professor of Poetry at the University of Newcastle. Her latest book is Transformers, a collection of her public lectures at Newcastle.