Zones of Avoidance has been shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Poetry Prize.
In the words of The Poetry Society – who manage the award: “Not all new poetry can be found in books. It’s on the stage, on the radio, on film and TV, in art galleries and around us in the built environment. The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry embraces the range and vitality of contemporary poetry. The judges considered work in a wide variety of forms for the award, before deciding on the shortlist of five poets.”
Talking about Zones of Avoidance, Eileen Cooper, one of the judges, comments: “This narrative totally absorbed me, and its ambitious multimedia presentation worked exceptionally well. It is a challenging, painfully open account of a daughter’s addiction, which captures the fear of many mothers. Beautifully written and uncompromising, it’s a contemporary story I felt the writer was compelled to tell.”
Live performances are currently being scheduled for the Anxiety Festival in London, during June, and Ledbury Poetry Festival in July. Dates to follow.