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, in books and beyond.
In order to consider the fullest sweep of new poetry produced each year, The Ted Hughes Award invites individual members of the Poetry Society and the Poetry Book Society to bring work to the attention of the judges.
Poetry on the page
Stay up to date with new poetry publications... we'll be bringing you a list of major 2012 publications soon.
Poetry off the page
Poets regularly create new work for contexts beyond the printed word, whether for performance, broadcast, monumental inscription, or in collaboration with artists of other disciplines. Details of some of the new work that has been or will be presented in 2012 is listed below.
Tales from the Bridge
Mario Petrucci (poetry), Martyn Ware (music/design) and David Bickerstaff (design)
World's largest poetry soundscape
Date: July/August/September 2012
A vast poetry installation on the River Thames, written for two voices by Mario Petrucci. Commissioned by the GLA, this project forms a major part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, spanning London's Millennium Bridge from 8am to 10pm each day. Poetry and music combine to evoke the story and the symbolic, cultural and literary significance of the Thames throughout the centuries. With a score from Ware, including 'Water Night' by Eric Whitacre. Find out more from Mario Petrucci’s website.
Your New Favourite Poet
Stand up comedy poetry
Date: 22nd – 26th August 2012
A new show from the young poet and spoken word artist, featuring eight new poems and an array of characters. Wright explains: “The themes are Britain, the press and good old fashioned bawdy fun”. The show runs for five nights at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information, visit Wright’s blog.
Ben Mellor (poet) and Dan Steele (music)
Stand up poetry and music
Date: 10th – 17th August 2012
The BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion has a new show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, taking the audience on a journey through the human body, with his own stand-up poetry and music from Dan Steele. Together they attempt to take the temperature of modern life via anatomical analogy. For more information, see Mellor’s website.
Conversations with the Wind
Poetry for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing
Date: 7th June – 26th July 2012
Eight new poems originally written for the Weymouth sailing Olympics, and sold on the beach to ensure a good sailing wind. "Each poem is a packet of wind sent by airmail to the reader," says Oswald. The poems also act as a ‘source text’ for others involved in the Battle for the Winds project to use and rework. To find out more visit the Battle for the Winds website.
The Marlowe Papers
Date: 30th May 2012
The unofficial story behind Christopher Marlowe’s supposed death in a tavern brawl in 1593. Inhabiting Marlowe, Barber shows us the poet, playwright, spy and lover who lives in exile, but continues to write as one William Shakespeare. A new take on the persistent mystery surrounding Marlowe’s death and Shakespeare’s identity. Find out more from Ros Barber’s website.
Aoife Mannix (poet) and Leticia Valverdes (photographer)
Poetry, photography and prose book
Date: 14th May 2012
Collaboration between All Change and Islington Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot Women’s Welfare Group supported by Arts Council England. Poet Aoife Mannix and photographer Leticia Valverdes worked with Turkish-speaking refugee women to create a book of poetry, photographs and stories. The project was part of In Between, a writer’s residency with All Change, and was launched as part of the Word2012 Festival. Find out more from Aoife Mannix’s website.
Play in verse
Date: 18th April – 5th May 2012
Agamemnon has sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia to save his people in a time of desperation. His wife Clytemnestra awaits his return and her own revenge. Lewis comments: “It’s been a huge artistic adventure to use Greek legend to think about modern issues such as scarcity, justice and revenge. I’ve known the Greek plays for decades and working with them is like a massive shot of poetic adrenalin. They don’t date and they show the human mind stripped of inessentials...”. Clytemnestra is a Sherman Cymru production.
The Debris Field – Salvaging the Titanic in Word, Sound & Image
Simon Barraclough, Isobel Dixon and Chris McCabe
Date: 14th April 2012
A multi-media collaboration exploring the cultural debris accumulated in the aftermath of the loss of the Titanic. The three poets are accompanied by original music from Oli Barrett and film from Jack Wake-Walker. The Debris Field premiered at the British Film Institute one hundred years to the night of the disaster, repeated at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July and will be performed in Liverpool on November 15th. A recording and DVD are in development. Find out more and watch the trailer at http://thedebrisfield.tumblr.com/
Radio play in verse
Date: 15th – 23rd March 2012
Dramatic poem produced for Radio 4’s More Than Words listening festival in Bristol, and for subsequent transmission on Radio 4 in five fifteen-minute episodes. The poem centres on three soldiers living in Bristol and the women in their lives. All three soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan, and are now coping with the physical and psychological aftershocks. Pink Mist draws on ancient and classical sources as well as extensive contemporary research with recently wounded service personnel and their families. For more information see the original BBC synopsis on Sheers’ website.
The Murmur Line
Date: 14th – 18th March 2012
Part of St Andrew’s StAnza Poetry Festival, Pester’s site-specific sound installations offer chance encounters with text and voice in unexpected parts of town. The compositions use news items reconfigured into a poetic soundscape. For more information on Pester’s projects see her website.
Date: 9th March 2012
Paul Farley travels into the London night on board a Metropolitan Police helicopter. The helicopter sees the world below through transforming thermal image cameras. Farley reflects on his experience in his poem ‘The Asset’, excerpts of which are played throughout the programme. Listen again on the BBC website.
Date: From 15 February 2012
An exhibition exploring the history and character of Liverpool through stories and memories symbolised by doors from across the city. The doors were donated to Roger McGough and book artist Mark Cockram following a public appeal. Students from Liverpool John Moores University's School of Art and Design used the doors as canvasses for extracts from Roger's poems. More information from the Museum of Liverpool.
It Turned Out This Way Cos You Dreamt It This Way
Date: 3rd – 25th February 2012
Exhibition reflecting Montgomery’s project covering up advertising billboards with posters of his own poetry. The show at KK Outlet features three new billboards on Old Street, with text referencing the concerns of the various Occupy movements, the experience of living in the city, and our troubled relationship with capitalism. Find out more from Black and Blue.
Tales from the Bridge: Mario Petrucci
Anthropoetry: Ben Mellor
Conversations with the Wind: Alice Oswald
The Marlowe Papers: Ros Barber
Fortune Telling: Aoife Mannix
Clytemnestra: Gwyneth Lewis
The Debris Field: Simon Barraclough, Isobel Dixon and Chris McCabe
The Murmur Line: Holly Pester
Night Visions: Paul Farley