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The Short of It

08/10/2009

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.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. 08/10/2009 10:19

    … But conspicuously not on the Forward shortlist, and CERTAINLY not in the final winners. Phew. Meanwhile, many many congratulations to you Andy! Charging on with your wonderful book.

    • Andrew Philip permalink
      09/10/2009 17:04

      Katy, I certainly take your point about the Forward winners, and the shortlist as far as the main prize goes, but three of the five first collection nominees were from small presses* and the Norton nomination was, as discussed elsewhere, something of an aberation. As far as first collections go, the small presses have established more than a foothold in the Forwards. But it will be a real breakthrough only when there are a similar number of small-press nominees in the best collection prize too and a small-press nominee wins at least that category.

      *Although Salt is perhaps more medium-sized these days.

  2. 08/10/2009 11:25

    Congratulations, Andrew! And good luck! Yay! 🙂

  3. 08/10/2009 15:09

    Excellent news, will be at Aldeburgh this year sending positive vibes.

  4. Andrew Philip permalink
    08/10/2009 22:20

    Thank you, all!

  5. 09/10/2009 18:54

    Andy, this is fantastic news! Fingers crossed.

  6. 16/10/2009 21:51

    Well done and congratulations!

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