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Academic shortlisted for prestigious poetry award

Posted on 28/07/2010

Jo Shapcott has been shortlisted for an award for Of Mutability

Award-winning author Jo Shapcott, Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been shortlisted for the Best Collection category in the Forward Prizes for her latest book of poems ‘Of Mutability’ - having already won the accolade in 1998 for ‘My Life Asleep.’

The Forward Prizes, now in their 19th year, are one of the UK’s most valuable poetry prizes, with the winner of the Best Collection category receiving £10,000.

‘Of Mutability’ consists of a collection of poems that explore the nature of change, both in the body and the natural world as well as in human interaction. It celebrates the small wonders of life, acting as a reminder of its transience.

Talking about her latest collection, Professor Shapcott says, “Even though many of the poems here are concerned with decay and death, they're often cheerful. I guess 'mutability' is the right word for it all. It's rather a wonderful word. I like it because there's no value judgment in it: it suggests that change is glinting and gleaming, whichever way it's going. I think that's what I feel, too."

Professor Shapcott is the current President of The Poetry Society and author of ‘Electroplating the Baby’, which won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. She has also won the National Poetry Competition twice. Together with Matthew Sweeney she edited an anthology of contemporary poetry in English, but gathered from around the world, entitled ‘Emergency Kit: Poems for Strange Times’.

To find out more about Jo Shapcott visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/english/about-us/Staff/Shapcott/JoanneShapcott.htm


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