Jonathan Edwards has been shortlisted for the prestigious Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection with his book of poetry My Family and Other Superheros.
Taking inspiration from Sophia Loren, Marty Mcfly, Evel Knievel and his family, Edward’s superheroes are a motley crew. All of which will have to fight and jostle alongside the likes of Fiona Benson, Niall Campbell, Helen Mort and David Tait for the esteemed award. The winner will be announced at the start of the 26th Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in November.
Judges, Robert Seatter, Anthony Wilson and Imtiaz Dharker, were unanimous about the outstanding quality of entries and the difficulty of narrowing down to just five titles.
Anthony Wilson said: “At times I felt as though I was at the races, watching previously unspotted runners surging through the field with unstoppable force. ‘Look at me!’ they shouted. Transfixed, I could not take my eyes off them.”
The Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for a first collection aims to recognize, reward and develop new talent. The winner will receive £2,500 as well as a ‘protected writing week’ on the Suffolk cost as well and the opportunity to read at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, a chance to reach the UK’s largest and most dedicated contemporary poetry audience.
Stay tuned for a special offer on My Family and Other Superheroes