Judy Brown’s Crowd Sensations shortlisted for Ledbury Forte Prize

12 June 2017 - 04:03pm

Judy Brown’s Crowd Sensations shortlisted for Ledbury Forte Prize

12 June 2017 - 04:03pm

The shortlist for the inaugural Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize has just been announced, and Seren poet Judy Brown’s collection Crowd Sensations is in the running, alongside five other great collections. In the words of the Ledbury Forte panel, the shortlist recognises the work of ‘serious writers’ and ‘ethical word-wizards’ whose poetry made the judges ‘rethink what a book, or collection, of poetry can be’.

The Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize shortlist is entirely made up of collections published by independent publishing houses. Chloe Garner, Artistic Director of Ledbury Poetry Festival, notes that ‘this perhaps reflects the particular commitment of independent publishers to nurturing poets beyond their debuts and to supporting poets who take risks with their work, pushing their themes, style and language into new and exciting territories’.

The Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize is the first in the UK to celebrate poets’ second collections. The £5,000 prize will be awarded at the 21st Ledbury Poetry Festival in July at a reading given by the winning poet and this year’s two main poet judges, Vahni Capildeo and Tara Bergin.

Find the full shortlist on the Ledbury Festival website.