Sean O’Brien is the most prize-winning poet of his generation – the only one to have won the Forward Prize three times and the first to have won both the TS Eliot and the Forward Prizes for the same collection (The Drowned Book, 2007). His ninth collection, Europa, will be published in April. Hammersmith comprises two cantos, illustrated with black and white photos of the district where his parents met just after the war.
Hannah Lowe is one of the Next Generation poets. Chick won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award and was short-listed for the Forward, Aldeburgh and Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prizes. Chan also uses one of her Jamaican-Chinese, professional gambler father’s nicknames as its title and his life as subject matter for many of the poems. Ormonde is based on the journey of the ship that carried him and other Jamaicans to the UK in 1947.
Jacqueline Saphra’s collection All My Mad Mothers is on the TS Eliot Prize shortlist. Her collaboration If I Lay on my Back I saw Nothing but Naked Women, as a book with art by Mark Andrew Webber and as a performance piece with music by Benjamin Tassie won a Saboteur Award in 2015. A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller is a heroic crown of sonnets illustrated with photographs by and of the pioneering photographer and surrealist artist.
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