The Woman Poets' Prize announces 2018 winners
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The three recipients of the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize 2018 are a breast-cancer survivor, Claire Collison, journalist Anita Pati and Nina Mingya Powles - a poet keen on shaking up the canon. Celebrating, commending and empowering women, the Women Poets’ Prize aims to champion “creatively ambitious practitioners who are making a significant contribution to the UK poetry landscape”. All three winners are set to collect £1000 and enter a mentoring programme with a female poet, as well as claiming their own “pastoral coach”. Winning the award in its debut year are three women who’s experiences, lifestyles, views and poetry style are diverse, yet all are championed to the highest degree thanks to the Poet Prize. Claire Collison produced the award-winning, ’The Ladies Pond’ - a poignant narrative praised by the award’s judges Moniza Ali, Sarah Howe and Fiona Sampson for being laced with “unusual and subtle shifts” as well as being “grounded and achieved with remarkable naturalness”. Alongside ‘The Ladies Pond’ is ‘Dodo Provocateur’ by London’s Anita Pati. Bursting with “linguistic and sonic quirk”, ‘Dodo Provocateur’ touched the heart of the judges, allowing this “emotional” poem to snag a top spot. About entering the bespoke mentoring service, Pati said: “this is something women have always had to work out” seemingly being extremely grateful for the extra pair of hands in both her art and family life. The third and final recipient of the 2018 Women Poets’ Prize is New Zealand’s, Nina Mingya Powles. With an aim to ‘create a new canon of her own’ and “discover other mixed raced poets, writers and artists” Powles’ ‘Mother Tongue // 母语’ marries striking form with alluring words, making her a worthy winner. The Women Poets’ Prize pays homage to novelist and Literary Consultancy-founder Rebecca Swift. Her namesake Foundation launched the prize in 2018.
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