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Dated and Prized

21/11/2008

The Ambulance Box grows ever closer to becoming a reality. Chris at Salt and I have just settled on 1 March 2009 as the publication date. If that seems far away to you, as it does to some friends I talk to, it seems tantalisingly close to me!

Speaking of Salt, Will Stone’s collection Glaciation won the Glen Dimplex New Writers poetry award 2008 the other week, while Rachel Blau Duplessis has been longlisted for the first Warwick Prize for Writing. The Warwick list is nothing if not varied. Congratulations to Chris, Jen, Will and Rachel!

Oh, and speaking of prizes, the shortlists for the Costa are out. No Salt titles on there, but it’s a strong poetry list:

  • For All We Know by Ciaran Carson (more)
  • The Broken Word by Adam Foulds (more)
  • Sunday at the Skin Launderette by Kathryn Simmonds (more)
  • Salvation Jane by Greta Stoddart (more)

Ciaran Carson’s is the only one I’ve read. Adam Foulds’ book I’ve heard a lot about. Kathryn Simmonds won the Forward first collection prize this year, of course. And I know nothing about Great Stoddart’s book (I couldn’t even find it on the Anvil site when I looked the other day). I have to agree, of course, with Todd Swift about the glaring omissions …

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