On Wednesday May 19, 5pm The Poetry School website will be live-streaming The Ginkgo Prize 2020 ceremony from Richmond Park in London

with judge Simon Armitage, shortlisted poets and ideally blue skies and sunshine.

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“COVID 19 has forced us all towards breaking point over the course of the past 18 months and during this period of enforced stillness, the voices and words of poets from across the globe have reached the Prize – stronger, more insistent, more powerful, reminding us all that COVID is nothing compared to the devastation which will be wreaked by Climate Crisis. The winning poems articulate this crisis in an impactful, emotive, sometimes chilling way which few other media can achieve. These poems render visceral a crisis which can seem abstract concrete, manifest calls to action with a power which cold facts and data can sometimes lack.”
Sally Carruthers, Director of The Poetry School.

The Ginkgo Prize 2020 Shortlist! (in no particular order): Daniel Fraser, Jane Lovell, Emily Groves, Sue Kindon, Nicola Healey, with guest readers Victoria Adukwei Bulley and Stephanie Sy-Quia sign up to hear their poems live and find out the winners as well as hear the AONB Poem of Best Landscape. There are also 21 poets who have been highly commended for the Ginkgo Prize and over the next few weeks, you can read their poems on the Ginkgo Prize Instagram and Twitter – expect words on the earth, our fraying psyches, and the state of the natural world.

If you have issues accessing the live stream or any questions, please contact: jaz@ginkgoprize.com

Our Judges

Simon Armitage
Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage is the UK Poet Laureate and was Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019). His numerous accolades include an Ivor Novello Award for song-writing in the BAFTA-winning film Feltham Sings and the 2018 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Armitage has published 28 collections of poetry, including his latest, Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic, and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He also writes extensively for television and radio, and is the author of two novels and the non-fiction bestsellers All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, in 2014. He was appointed Professor of Poetry at Leeds University in 2017.

Jade Cuttle
Jade Cuttle

Jade Cuttle works full-time at The Times as Arts Commissioning Editor. Her criticism and reviews have also been published in the TLS, the Telegraph, the Guardian, and the Observer. Jade has been commissioned to write poetry for BBC Radio 3, BBC Contains Strong Language Festival and BBC Proms, while her plant-whispering poetry workshops have been filmed for BBC One Television. As a songwriter fusing metaphor with melody, she released an eco-themed album of poem-songs ‘Algal Bloom‘ through Warren Records with funding and support from the PRS Foundation and Make Noise. Previously, Jade has been a poetry editor at Ambit, a judge behind the Costa Book Awards (Poetry Category and the Costa Book of the Year), worked at The Poetry Society and tutored at The Poetry School where she devised a poetry course for adults.

Our Sponsors & Partners

The National Association Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Edward Goldsmith Foundation
Knepp Wildland Safaris
Ledbury Poetry Critics

Previous Partners

The Cambridge Writing Retreat
Global Witness
The Swedenborg Society

2020 Ginkgo Prize Ecopoetry Anthology

The 2020 Ginkgo Prize anthology contains all the winning and highly commended poems from the 2020 awards judged by Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage and Jade Cuttle. The winning poets were Jane Lovell, Daniel Fraser and Emily Groves. Runners up were Nicola Healey and Sue Kindon and the AONB Best Poem of Landscape was Liz Byrne. Click to download.

2019 Ginkgo Prize Ecopoetry Anthology

The 2019 Ginkgo Prize anthology contains all the winning and highly commended poems from the 2019 awards, with forewords from Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and judges Homero Aridjis and Jen Hadfield. The winning poets were Sue Riley, Anne Haven McDonnell and Rosamund Taylor with Emma Must awarded the Environmental Defenders Prize and Joanna Guthrie and Jane Robinson as runners-up. Click to download.

2018 Ginkgo Prize Ecopoetry Anthology

The 2018 Ginkgo Prize anthology contains all the winning and highly commended poems from the 2018 awards, with forewords from prize patron Dido Whitehead and 2018 judges Mimi Khalvati and Alys Fowler. The winning poets were Jemma Borg, Teresa Dzieglewicz, and Linda France, with runners-up Ella Duffy and Julian Bishop. Click to download.