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