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Jacob Polley's Jackself
wins £20,000 T S Eliot
Prize 2016

 
Jacob Polley has won the £20,000 2016 TS Eliot Prize with Jackself, a collection described by the judges as “a firework of a book”.

The loosely autobiographical poems use the “Jack” of nursery rhyme and local legend to tell the story of a childhood in rural Cumbria, from the “cartilage stew and spreadable carrots” of school dinners to the limpets the title character “rives from a crevice” on the rocky shore at low tide, “where the pools gaze / with new lenses at their grotto walls / flinching with jellies”.

Jackself, was described by chair of judges Ruth Padel as ‘incredibly inventive and very moving’.


The full article can be found here: www.theguardian.com/books/2017/ts-eliot-prize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plymouth has a rich history of literary connections and following Michael Sullivan’s successful term as the city’s first Poet Laureate we are now seeking the next talented poet to take up this prestigious role.

Plymouth City Laureate is a two-year role offered by Plymouth City Council with the support of Plymouth Culture and Literature Works.

If you are passionate about poetry and Plymouth, and want to work to reflect the culture of the city and create new community conversations, this is the ideal role to support and develop your writing career.

The Plymouth City Laureate is an honorary post. The locally based Laureate will be commissioned to write and present bespoke poetry, enthuse and inform residents through workshops, and contribute to important civic events and festivals.

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans, said: “I’m delighted that the role of Plymouth’s City Laureate has become a part of our city’s culture. We have had a fantastic start to our Laureateship with Michael Sullivan, and I’m looking forward to our new Laureate’s contribution to our community conversations. This scheme is about getting the city excited about its culture and giving it a voice.”

Tracey Guiry, Chief Executive of Literature Works, said: “It’s fantastic that Plymouth City Council continues to support the Laureateship. Poetry is an incredibly powerful medium, which asks its readers to question the deeper meanings of what is said or written. The role of the Laureate can represent voices which sometimes don’t get heard and that is always a very healthy thing for any culture to do.”

It is expected that the Poet Laureate will:

• take poetry to a variety of audiences across the city
• celebrate Plymouth’s history, culture and people through poetry, and hold an important ceremonial role
• make links with community and creative groups in Plymouth
• develop their own skills and creative practice as well as those of other local writers.

If you are passionate about poetry and Plymouth and are excited about poetry’s potential to inspire others this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your writing career.

The role will include as a minimum:

• 5 commissioned poems during the year
• Performance at specific events during the year by invitation of Plymouth City Council
• City Event to celebrate National Poetry Day in October in partnership with Literature Works, Plymouth Culture and PCC

Detailed Outcomes and targets will be agreed in consultation with the successful poet and the project Steering Group. Expenses for travel and events will be paid and it is possible that funded activity can be developed during the term.

- See more at: http://literatureworks.org.uk/opportunities/plymouth-poet-laureate/#sthash.TK79mELI.dpuf

Plymouth has a rich history of literary connections and following Michael Sullivan’s successful term as the city’s first Poet Laureate we are now seeking the next talented poet to take up this prestigious role.

Plymouth City Laureate is a two-year role offered by Plymouth City Council with the support of Plymouth Culture and Literature Works.

If you are passionate about poetry and Plymouth, and want to work to reflect the culture of the city and create new community conversations, this is the ideal role to support and develop your writing career.

The Plymouth City Laureate is an honorary post. The locally based Laureate will be commissioned to write and present bespoke poetry, enthuse and inform residents through workshops, and contribute to important civic events and festivals.

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans, said: “I’m delighted that the role of Plymouth’s City Laureate has become a part of our city’s culture. We have had a fantastic start to our Laureateship with Michael Sullivan, and I’m looking forward to our new Laureate’s contribution to our community conversations. This scheme is about getting the city excited about its culture and giving it a voice.”

Tracey Guiry, Chief Executive of Literature Works, said: “It’s fantastic that Plymouth City Council continues to support the Laureateship. Poetry is an incredibly powerful medium, which asks its readers to question the deeper meanings of what is said or written. The role of the Laureate can represent voices which sometimes don’t get heard and that is always a very healthy thing for any culture to do.”

It is expected that the Poet Laureate will:

• take poetry to a variety of audiences across the city
• celebrate Plymouth’s history, culture and people through poetry, and hold an important ceremonial role
• make links with community and creative groups in Plymouth
• develop their own skills and creative practice as well as those of other local writers.

If you are passionate about poetry and Plymouth and are excited about poetry’s potential to inspire others this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your writing career.

The role will include as a minimum:

• 5 commissioned poems during the year
• Performance at specific events during the year by invitation of Plymouth City Council
• City Event to celebrate National Poetry Day in October in partnership with Literature Works, Plymouth Culture and PCC

Detailed Outcomes and targets will be agreed in consultation with the successful poet and the project Steering Group. Expenses for travel and events will be paid and it is possible that funded activity can be developed during the term.

- See more at: http://literatureworks.org.uk/opportunities/plymouth-poet-laureate/#sthash.TK79mELI.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf