‘How I did it’ – poets on the Ted Hughes Award shortlist discuss their work

Our friends over at the Poetry School have commissioned poets on the Ted Hughes Award shortlist to explore the creative processes behind their work. The resulting ‘How I did it’ articles, offering fascinating insights into the working practices of some of the exciting poets on the shortlist, will be released each day this week.

The first one, released on Monday 20 March, is by Harry Man, who describes the process behind Finders Keepers, a collaborative project with illustrator Sophie Gainsley, and wanting to “create living, almost holographic portraits of the animals inside.” Read more over on the Poetry School blog and follow the posts as they become live all through this week.

You can also read ‘How I did it’s by: Will Eaves, who discusses his poem ‘The Lord is Listenin’ To Ya, Hallelujah’ from his shortlisted collection The Inevitable Gift Shop; and Jay Bernard, who discusses the process behind the creation of their pamphlet The Red and Yellow Nothing.

Read more about the Ted Hughes Award shortlist, including extracts and what the judges say, on our website. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 29 March.


First published 20 March 2017. Updated 22 March 2017.