New Work in Poetry: Examples 2013

Poets regularly create new work for contexts beyond the printed word, whether for performance, broadcast, monumental inscription, or in collaboration with artists of other disciplines. Details of some of the new work that was presented in 2012 can be discovered below. To stay up to date with the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry visit the main page, or visit the history section to find out about past winners.

Four Years From Now Walking With My Daughter
Stevie Ronnie
Poetry Film
September 2013

A collaboration with poet Stevie Ronnie and animator Liam Owen, it explores the emotional experience shared by parents as their children grow further apart from them with age, whilst touching on the wider themes of love and loss.

Omnesia - Alternative Text and Remix
W N Herbert 
Collection in twin editions
Date: February 2013

'Omnesia' is Bill Herbert's melding of omniscience and amnesia, the modern condition of thinking we can know everything about our world but, in actuality, retaining dangerously little. This doubly impressive new collection - published in twin editions, the alternative text and the remix - approaches and evades such flawed totality. Neither the alternative text nor the remix is the primary text. They are two variations, doppelgangers haunted by the idea of a whole neither can embody or know. Readers can read either or both versions. Booksellers can stock either or both. Only the literary prize judges will have to read both in order to shortlist either or both as one. 

Brigid Collins & Kathleen Jamie 
Exhibition of prose-poems and illustrative work at the Scottish Poetry Library
Date: 26 October 2013 - 29 November 2013

Frissure is an exquisite exhibition of prose-poems and illustrative work exploring healing, mortality, intimacy, memory and the natural world. It is about the intimate process of looking and seeing as it passes from one person – a cancer patient – looking at herself, from being ‘examined’ by a surgeon, to being looked at by an artist. In each situation a transformation occurs. The gaze of the patient on her own body and its post-operative scarring is objectified by that of the surgeon assessing the success of his work. But then the creative eye of the artist takes over and what was regarded as a mark of disease and of violation takes on an extraordinary flowering, and becomes a thing of beauty.

Katrina Porteous and Peter Zinovieff
Creative collaboration of poetry and computer music derived from space data
Date: 8 September 2013

A brand new half-hour long sound-journey of words and computer music, by Katrina Porteous and Peter Zinovieff, using sound data collected from the solar system. Edge takes listeners to four very different 'worlds' – four moons of our solar system representing the four elements: fire, water, earth and air – and explores themes of chaos and cosmos. The piece was specially commissioned for the Centre for Life Planetarium and the British Science Festival in Newcastle in September and funded by Arts Council England.

The Argument – Art v Poetry
Katrina Naomi & Tim Ridley
A conversation in text and images between the poet and artist
Date: 29 April – 8 June 2013

The Argument: Art V Poetry takes the form of a conversation in text and images between the poet Katrina Naomi and her partner, the artist Tim Ridley. Each had two weeks to respond to the other’s work and the result – five art works and five poems – forms an allusive, riddling sequence.
Tim Ridley is a visual artist concerned with division and opposition in contemporary society. He graduated from Chelsea School of Art in 2011, where he won the Ovalhouse Prize.

Love, War and Trains 
Ian McMillan

Verse drama for Radio 4 
Date: 1 May 2013

John is a sailor in the Royal Navy and Olive is in the WAAFs based in Wigan. He's Scots, she's a Yorkshire lass and they're in love. John has a 48 hour pass to get married in Scotland - but he's travelling from Plymouth and she can't get leave. So she goes AWOL. This is the heart warming story of how poet Ian McMillan's parents got married during World War 2. A poignant and funny verse drama.

Poet Chris McCabe & Medical Herbalist and Artist Maria Vlotides
Art installation consisting of a “medical cabinet of poems” about plants used pharmacologically
Date: November 2013

Pharmapoetica is a collaboration between poet Chris McCabe and medical herbalist and artist Maria Vlotides. Initially conceived as an art installation consisting of a “medical cabinet of poems” about plants used pharmacologically, it has developed to include an accompanying book, a formulary of sorts, that not only contains the ten poems but images of the installation and working notes on which the poems are based. The poems themselves are also a narrative of the poet’s relationship with his young son and his son’s view of the world through these plants.
The alchemical and transformative processes of language and its meaning through poetry mirrored by the alchemical and transformative process of plants into medicinal drugs:

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Examples from previous years:

Four Years From Now Walking With My Daughter
Stevie Ronnie

Omnesia Remix
W N Herbert
Omnesia (Remix)

 Photo Credit: NASA

Tim Ridley - The Argument

The Argument - Katrina Naomi and Tim Ridley


Love, War and Trains 
Ian McMillan