Mexborough Business Centre
Saturday 14 September
6.30pm for a 7pm start
A bar will be available
Tickets: £5. To reserve your place, please book through our TicketTailor event page.
Raymond Antrobus is this year’s winner of the Ted Hughes Award for his collection The Perserverance. He was born in Hackney to an English mother and Jamaican father. In 2019 he also became the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize for best work of literature in any genre. Other accolades include the PBS Winter Choice, a Sunday Times & The Guardian Poetry Book Of The Year 2018 and a Griffin Prize shortlist. Also in 2018 he was awarded The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize (judged by Ocean Vuong), for his poem “Sound Machine”. His poems have been published in POETRY, Poetry Review, New Statesman, The Deaf Poets Society, as well as in anthologies from Bloodaxe, Peepal Tree Press and Nine Arches.
“His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted” – Kwame Dawes.
Clare Shaw has three poetry collections from Bloodaxe: Straight Ahead (2006), Head On (2012) and Flood, which was published in June 2018 and offers an eye-witness account of the floods of 2013 and 2015. Often addressing political and personal conflict, her poetry is fuelled by a strong conviction in the transformative and redemptive power of language. Acting as a powerful metaphor for wider experiences, flood runs through the book in different forms – bereavement and trauma, the Savile scandal, life in an asylum. Ultimately, this is a story of one life as it is unravelled and rebuilt, written from the heart and from the North, in a language as dangerous and sustaining as water. Clare was also one of the judges for the 2019 Ted Hughes Award.