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Phoebe Power wins Forward Prize for Best First Collection!

Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018

Photo credit to Adrian Pope We're delighted to announce that Phoebe Power has won the Felix Dennis Prize for First Collection at the Forward Prizes with her collection Shrines of Upper Austria!

The prestigious Forward Prize was awarded last night in a ceremony at the Southbank Centre, London. The Forward Prizes event issues prizes in three categories: Best Collection, Best First Collection and Best Single Poem.

Carcanet and PN Review were privileged to have poets in all three categories - Vahni Capildeo's Venus as a Bear was shortlisted for Best Collection, and Sumita Chakraborty's poem 'And death demands a labour', first published in PN Review 237, was shortlisted for Best Single Poem. We were overjoyed to be shortlisted, and even more so for Phoebe's success!

Phoebe Power’s Shrines of Upper Austria began as a narrative sequence ‘Austrian Murder Case’,that became an extended exploration of the culture and environment of Austria,her grandmother’s homeland. A former Foyle Young Poet, from Newcastle, Power combines playfulness and horror with formal inventiveness.

Bidisha, on behalf of the judges, said:

‘In this wonderfully crisp collection, which takes in childhood, climate change, office culture, a murder investigation,relics of the last war and warnings about how we live now, Power travels across Europe to share a wide perspective that makes the reader see her native UK in a different way. Surprising, observed with a sharp eye for detail and a quick sense of humour, Shrines of Upper Austria unsettles and delights: Power’s utterly contemporary voice is one you want to hear more from.’





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