Laureate's Choice 2016

The Laureate’s Choice is a new pamphlet publication project from The Poetry Business working in collaboration with the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Each year, four new poets will be selected by the Laureate as ‘ones to watch’, and pamphlet collections of their work will be published under the Poetry Business’ award-winning smith|doorstop imprint.

A reading tour will be held to launch the four collections each year.

 

 

 

Laureate's Choice 2016

Laureate's Choice 2016 Special Offer
Laureate's Choice 2016 Special Offer
by (ed) Carol Ann Duffy
£20

Spitting Distance
Spitting Distance
by Mark Pajak
£7.5

Dora Incites the Sea-Scribbler to Lament
Dora Incites the Sea-Scribbler to Lament
by Geraldine Clarkson
£7.5

Complicity
Complicity
by Tom Sastry
£7.5

There Was And How Much There Was
There Was And How Much There Was
by Zeina Hashem Beck
£7.5

 

Laureate's Choice 2015    

Trieste
Trieste
by Nichola Deane
£7.5

Porthole
Porthole
by David Borrot
£7.5

Fossil Record
Fossil Record
by Wayne Price
£7.5

Element
Element
by Rachel McCarthy
£7.5

Laureate's Choice Special Offer
Laureate's Choice Special Offer
by (ed) Carol Ann Duffy
£20

There Was and How Much There Was by Zeina Hashem Beck

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her first collection, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her second collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton NH Poetry Prize. She's also the author of 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize. She's been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Forward Prize. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, and the Rialto, among others. She performs her poetry both in the Middle East and internationally. Her website is www.zeinahashembeck.com

‘Whether drawing on myth or fairytale, or writing directly from women's experience, these are powerful poems by a new writer with a remarkable gift for storytelling.’

–Carol Ann Duffy

Dora Incites the Sea-Scribbler to Lament by Geraldine Clarkson

Geraldine Clarkson lives in Warwickshire. Since she began writing, she has been selected as an Arvon/Jerwood mentee, and received a Writers’ Centre Norwich ‘Escalator’ award. In 2015, she received a commendation in the UK National Poetry Competition, and in the same year won the Poetry London and Ambit competitions, as well as the Magma Editors’, Ver Poets, and Anne Born prizes. Her first chapbook, Declare, is due to be published by Shearsman Books in June 2016.

‘Geraldine Clarkson's poems are musical, often playful incantations that delight in the power of words. Formally inventive and vivid with natural imagery.’

– Carol Ann Duffy

Spitting Distance by Mark Pajak

Mark Pajak was born in Merseyside. His work has been published in Magma, The North and The Rialto, been short-listed for the Bridport Prize, highly commended in the Cheltenham Poetry and National Poetry Competitions. He is this year’s Apprentice Poet in Residence at Ilkley Literature Festival and he received a 2016 Northern Writers’ Award. Spitting Distance is his first pamphlet.

‘Mark Pajak's skilful poems keep themselves open, especially to childhood and adolescent experience.  Even so, they are far from frail – their insight and imaginative verve make them robust as well as eloquent.’

–Carol Ann Duffy

Complicity by Tom Sastry

Tom Sastry was born in 1974. He is a second generation Original. His mother is Originally English and his father Originally Indian. He grew up in Buckinghamshire and has lived in Bristol since 1999. He thinks that not belonging is more interesting than belonging. He has spent most of his life in bedrooms, classrooms and offices. He enjoys having to deny that he is an anarchist. Complicity is his first pamphlet.

'Tom Sastry navigates the mysterious everyday in this honest and often funny collection, making friendships and love affairs new and strange.'

– Carol Ann Duffy

Porthole by David Borrott

David Borrott was born and grew up in Ilford, Essex. He has had numerous jobs (the best was fruit picking) and travelled widely. He now lives in Lancashire with his partner and their three sons. He has an MA in Poetry from Manchester Metropolitan University. His poetry has been anthologised in Watermark by Flax Books and in CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets.

'This is a varied but coherent collection, tender, imaginative and clear-eyed.'

– Carol Ann Duffy

Trieste by Nichola Deane

Nichola Deane was born in Bolton in 1973. She was educated at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester. In 2012, her first pamphlet My Moriarty won the Flarestack Poetry Pamphlet Prize, and was later selected as PBS Pamphlet Choice. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Poetry London, Magma, Archipelago, Oxford Poetry, The Moth, The SHOp,and The Rialto. Yesterday’s Child was Highly Commended in the 2014 Forward Prize..

'A poet both sophisticated and lyrically charged who deploys imagery that is both precise and daring.'

– Carol Ann Duffy

Element by Rachel McCarthy

Element is Rachel McCarthy’s first pamphlet. Her poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio and Sky TV – the latter as commission for Anthony Gormley’s ‘Fourth Plinth’ project – and some appeared in their early form in print, most notably in Shearsman Magazine 84/85.

'Here are brilliantly bold poems in a collection that is much more than the sum of its mesmerising parts.'

– Carol Ann Duffy

Fossil Record by Wayne Price

Wayne Price was born and brought up in south Wales but has lived and worked in Scotland since 1987. He has published short stories and poetry in many journals and anthologies in the UK, Ireland and America and has won major prizes in numerous international competitions including the Edwin Morgan International, the Bridport, the Yorkshire Open, Poetry on the Lake, The Fish International, the Wigtown and the Torbay Open. He was a finalist in the Manchester Poetry Prize in both 2013 and 2104 with the short folios Nightfishing and Prayer.

His first collection of stories, Furnace, described by Alan Warner as ‘a heraldic collection…some of the best short stories written anywhere in recent years’, was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Prize and nominated for the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year 2012. His debut novel, Mercy Seat, was published by Freight Books in February. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Aberdeen.

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'‘A remarkable new poet who is intelligent, insightful, imaginative and utterly assured.’

– Carol Ann Duffy

 

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