Poetry in the News: 2004

6 November 2004:Julia Casterton won the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection prize for The Doves of Finisterre (published by The Rialto).

4 November 2004:The shortlist for the T S Eliot Prize 2004 is as follows: The Full Indian Rope Trick by Colette Bryce (Picador), The Never-Never by Kathryn Gray (Seren), The Tree House by Kathleen Jamie (Picador), Snow Water by Michael Longley (Cape), The Soho Leopard by Ruth Padel (Chatto), The Road to Inver by Tom Paulin (Faber), Afterburner by Peter Porter (Picador), Corpus by Michael Symmons Roberts (Cape), Reel by George Szirtes (Bloodaxe), Blues by John Hartley Williams (Cape).

1 November 2004: The British Council celebrates its 70th anniversary this week. It will mark the occasion with an international cultural relations conference; an evening of music and poetry hosted by Benjamin Zephaniah at the Theatre Royal Stratford East; and the giving of ten Cultural Relations Awards.

22 October 2004: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht has died at the age of 81. His Collected Later Poems are published in the UK by The Waywiser Press. An obituary appears in The New York Times.

 6 October 2004: Kathleen Jamie won the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2004 for her book, The Tree House (Picador). Leontia Flynn received the prize for Best First Collection for These Days (Cape) and Daljit Nagra won the prize for Best Single Poem, for 'Look We Have Coming to Dover' in Poetry Review.

4 October 2004: Warwick Words 2004 announces the very first Warwick Poet Laureate, Fergus Durrant, from Leamington Spa who was crowned on Saturday 2 October at 2.30pm at Warwick Library by the Mayor of Warwick. Fergus' poem, 'The Dapper Man' was chosen from over 100 poets from Warwickshire who submitted work under forty lines long. The position of Warwick Poet Laureate is an honorary one for a period of twelve months during which time Fergus will get involved in key events and activities throughout the year and will be commissioned to write poetry about Warwick. 2nd prize went to Paul Brennan from Warwick for his poem, 'Patchwork'. 3rd Prize went to Shirley Wallis from Warwick for her poem, 'The Parents' Reply'.

16 September 2004: Michael Donaghy has died unexpectedly in London at the age of fifty. His selected poems, Dances Learned Last Night, and award-winning collection, Conjure are published by Picador. Obituaries appeared in the Independent and in the Guardian. A Trust Fund has been set up for Michael Donaghy's young son, in his memory. Anyone who would like to donate to it, please send donations c/o The Director, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX. But cheques need to be made payable to 'Ruairi's Fund' (NOT the Poetry Society).

14 August 2004: Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz has died at the age of 93. An obituary appeared in the Guardian. His New and Collected Poems is published by Ecco (2003).



12 August 2004: The next US Poet Laureate will be Ted Kooser. Nebraska poet Kooser is the author of ten collections of poetry. His latest, Delights and Shadows, is published by Copper Canyon Press.

12 August 2004: An English Heritage blue plaque has been unveiled to commemorate Ezra Pound. It is placed outside the house in Kensington Church Walk where he lived from 1909-1914.




6 August 2004: US poet and academic Donald Justice died at the age of 78. His Collected Poems will be published by Knopf on 18 August.

4 August 2004: The Wilfred Owen Association announced that the biennial Wilfred Owen Award will be given to Harold Pinter, for his collection, War (Faber, 2003) and in recognition of his contribution to literature.

22 July 2004: The shortlist for the 2004 Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection, worth £10,000, consists of: Newborn by Kate Clanchy (Picador), The Tree House by Kathleen Jamie (Picador), The Strange Hours Travellers Keep by August Kleinzahler (Faber), Snow Water by Michael Longley (Cape) and Corpus by Michael Symmons Roberts (Cape). The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection shortlist is These Days by Leontia Flynn (Cape), The Never-Never by Kathryn Gray (Seren), Ground Water by Matthew Hollis (Bloodaxe), Walking the Animals by Carola Luther (Carcanet) and The Brink by Jacob Polley (Picador). Poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem include David Constantine, Vona Groarke, Susko Mario, Robert Minhinnick, and Daljit Nagra who was nominated for 'Look We Have Coming to Dover' in Poetry Review. Winners will be announced on the 6th October 2004.

 2 July 2004: Gael Turnbull has died at the age of 76. Born in Scotland, he travelled widely and collaborated with poets in Canada and America as well as Scotland and England. He founded the Migrant Press in 1958. Anvil published a retrospective of his work, A Gathering of Poems, 1950-1980 in 1983. A selected, Time is a Fisherman, is due from Etruscan Books next year.

 25 June 2004: Carl Rakosi, the American Objectivist poet, died age 100 in San Francisco.

 12 June 2004: Roger McGough received a CBE, and Pam Ayres, an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours.

 9 June 2004: This year's Eric Gregory Award winners are Abi Curtis, Nick Laird, Sophie Levy, Elizabeth Manuel and Saradha Soobraven. The awards, managed by the Society of Authors, are given each year to promising poets under the age of 30.

 This year's Cholmondeley Awards go to John Agard, Ruth Padel, Lawrence Sail and Eva Salzman.These awards recognise the achievement of individual poets and their contribution to poetry. More information from the Society of Authors.

 June 2004: The Canadian and International winners of the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize are Anne Simpson's Loop and August Kleinzahler's The Strange Hours Travelers Keep. The C$80,000 Griffin Poetry Prize is awarded annually for the two best books of poetry (including translations) published in English the previous year.

2 June 2004: Poet, travel-writer and biographer Dom Moraes died in Bombay at the age of 66. He was the first non-English poet to win the Hawthornden Prize for literature, for his first collection, A Beginning (1958). A Collected Poems is published by Penguin India.

17 May 2004: The critic Christopher Ricks has been appointed the new Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

25 April 2004: Thom Gunn, poet and critic, has died aged 74. He was the co-recipient of the David Cohen Literature Award in 2003

24 April 2004: Anne-Marie Fyfe won the Welsh Academi International Poetry competition for her poem, 'Curaçao Dusk'.

23 April 2004: The winners of the 2003 National Poetry Competition were announced. Colette Bryce received first prize, James Manlow, second prize and Kate Bingham, third prize. The prize-giving party took place at Lovells, a major international business law firm. Read the winning poems here.

23 April 2004: Hugo Williams was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, for his 2002 Collected Poems (Faber).

21 April 2004: Ian Robinson, the poet, editor and publisher has died. He was editor of Oasis magazine and the small press, Oasis books.

1 April 2004: The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced their 2004 awards in literature. UK-based poet Robin Robertson won the E.M. Forster Award, USD $15,000 given to a writer from England, Ireland, Scotland, or Wales, for a stay in the United States.

 8 March 2004: To celebrate international women's day, women poets talk about which writers have influenced them and why. Click here for the feature.

24 March 2004: Tony Harrison won the Northern Rock Foundation Writer's award, worth £60,000. Harrison has written widely for film and theatre (including the prize-winning verse narrative, v.). In 1995 he was commissioned by the Guardian write about the war in Bosnia. His most recent collection, Laureate's Block, is published by Penguin (2000).

19 March 2004: Poet and short-story writer Ted Walker died in Spain at the age of 69. His first book of poems, Fox on a Barn Door, was set in the Sussex countryside in which he grew up. As well as publishing further poetry collections, short stories and memoirs (including The Last of England, broadcast on Radio 4), Walker co-founded the poetry magazine Priapus with John Cotton. His last collection, Mangoes to the Moon, is published by Enitharmon (1999).

February 2004: Edwin Morgan was appointed the first poet laureate of Scotland.

29 January 2004: The writer Janet Frame died on 29 January, at the age of 79. Most well-known for her autobiography, The Angel at My Table, she also wrote poetry throughout her life and published a collection, The Pocket Mirror, in 1967. An obituary appeared in the Independent.

19 January 2004: The 2003 T. S. Eliot prize was awarded to Don Paterson for Landing Light (Faber). He is the only poet to have won the prize twice: in 1997 he was awarded it for his second collection, God's Gift to Women. The T. S. Eliot prize is run by the Poetry Book Society.

15 January 2004: As part of a campaign to publicise and support women's poetry, Mslexia magazine announced the results of an initiative to find the best ten new women poets of the past decade. Judges Moniza Alvi, Vicki Feaver and Linda France chose Kate Clanchy, Polly Clark, Gwyneth Lewis, Alice Oswald, Pascale Petit, Deryn Rees-Jones, Catherine Smith, Greta Stoddart, Jean Sprackland and Jackie Wills. www.mslexia.co.uk

7 January 2004: Don Paterson has won the Whitbread Poetry Award for his book, Landing Light (Faber).