Posted on 11/01/2011
Award-winning author Jo Shapcott, Professor of Creating Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, has won the Costa Poetry Award for her latest book of poems, Of Mutability.
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.
The Daily Telegraph describes the collection as "Modest and potent” and says it stands out among poetry collections this year.
The judges said: “These strong poems are rooted in the poet’s experience of breast cancer but are all about life, hope and play. Fizzing with variety, they are a paean to creativity and make the reader feel that what matters to us all is imagination, humanity and a smile."
Professor Shapcott said: “It's lovely to win this award: the Costa Prize, with its particular emphasis on readers, will mean the book is read more widely.”
She 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.