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John Clegg's Holy Toledo! shortlisted for Ledbury Forte Prize

Monday, 12 Jun 2017

No Text We're delighted to announce that John Clegg's Holy Toledo! has been shortlisted for the 2017 Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize!

The shortlist for the £5000 Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize for second poetry collections, the first of its kind in the UK dedicated to poets’ second collections, was selected by judges Vahni Capildeo and Tara Bergin. The biennial Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize is a response to poetry’s increasing emphasis on debuts and seeks to shine a light on poets’ more accomplished, though often overlooked second collections, which can be poetry’s version of ‘the difficult second album’.

Judge and 2016 Forward Prize winner Vahni Capildeo, says 'the shortlisted writers expanded my horizons. In re-reading, even more than first reading these collections, I was repeatedly taken out of myself, asking: Can language do this? Can imagination go there? How might the next poem, and the next, invite readers to be transformed? Each of these publications made me rethink what a book, or collection, of poetry can be.'

The winner will be announced at the 21st Ledbury Poetry Festival in July

Congratulations John!


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