The Short of It
An even happier national poetry day than normal here, as I can reveal that The Ambulance Box has been shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize! I’m joined on the shortlist by Forward nominee and fellow Salt author Siân Hughes, Forward nominee J O Morgan, Templar poet Dawn Wood and a name new to me: Philip Rush.
I’m thrilled to bits, not only for myself, but for Salt, especially as they missed out on a Forward prize again this year. Very pleased, too, to see Dawn Wood’s book on there. I was delighted to discover it in the Scottish Poetry Library several months back. Dawn and both I had work in New Writing Scotland 20 back in 2002 (as, in fact, did one Rob A Mackenzie and one James W Wood) and I still remember vividly her reading the wonderful title poem of her collection at the launch for that issue of the magazine (although I’m sure it was called “Heart-shaped Graffitti” then).
One of the interesting things about the shortlist is that it comes exclusively from small presses. The strength of the small presses is showing itself again, as it did in the Forward book.