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Thomas A Clark Longlisted for the Laurel Prize 2021

Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021

Cover images of longlisted books in the Laurel Prize It's a pleasure to share the news that Carcanet poet Thomas A Clark is included on the longlist for this years Laurel Prize with his Selected Poems, The Threadbare Coat, which was edited by Matthew Welton.

This is the second year of the nature and ecopoetry collection award, set up by poet laureate Simon Armitage, who donates the £5,000 honorarium he receives annually from the Queen to fund the First Prize. Run by the Poetry School, the prize is awarded annually for the best published collection of environmental or nature poetry. This year the Prize opened to submissions in the English language from poets globally. The longlist was judged this year by the poets Maura Dooley (Chair) and Imtiaz Dharker and ClientEarth founder, lawyer and poet James Thornton.

The prize awards £5,000 (1st prize), £2,000 (2nd prize) and £1,000 (3rd prize). There’s also a £500 for Best First Collection. In addition each of the winners will receive a commission from the AONB to create a poem based in their favourite landscape. On Friday October 8th 2021 The Yorkshire Sculpture park is hosting a Prize Ceremony and a day of poetry readings and workshops, curated and funded by the Laurel and Ginkgo Prizes.

More information about the prize and the full longlist can be found at the prize website, here. Congratulations to all the writers and publishers included!

Cover image of The Threadbare Coat by Thomas A Clark Thomas A Clark lives in the small fishing village of Pittenweem, an the east coast of Scotland. He has published four previous collections of poetry, and numerous small books and cards with his own Moschatel Press. In the summer months, with the artist Laurie Clark, he runs Cairn, a project space for minimal and conceptual art. Thomas A Clark's work often appears as installations or interventions in galleries, public spaces or in the landscape. A large collection of such work has been installed throughout New Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow.

The Threadbare Coat: Selected Poems
celebrates Scotland’s most distinctive contemporary writer – a vivid minimalist, ruralist and experimentalist. Buy the book here.

‘Clark’s lifetime’s work constitutes a magnificent, quiet defence of the pastoral, if the pastoral might be understood as an open field of engagement with the felt world.’
—Robert Macfarlane, The Guardian

‘you do not write like this without going there and doing the walking.’
—Peter Riley, PN Review

‘a vitally alert poet.’
—London Magazine

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