Alice Oswald has won the Costa Poetry Award for her collection Falling Awake (Cape Poetry). Selected from a shortlist of four books also including those by Melissa Lee-Houghton, Denise Riley and Kate Tempest, the judges Jen Campbell, Kate Kellaway and Andrew O’Hagan described themselves as being ‘totally in awe of this book’. The collection contains several poems commissioned by The Poetry Society, including a poem commissioned in partnership with the Royal Collection Trust for an event at The Queen’s Gallery, ‘Shadow’, which you can watch a filmpoem of below – and the poem ‘Dunt’, which won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.
Congratulations also to the other category winners, Francis Spufford (First Novel Award), Sebastian Barry (Novel Award), Keggie Carew (Biography Award) and Brian Conaghan (Children’s Book Award). For more information about all the shortlisted and winning authors, visit the Costa Book Awards website.
The Costa Book of the Year, chosen from this list of winners, will be announced on 31 January.