Abigail Parry's Jinx Shortlisted for Forward Prize for Best 1st Collection
‘With macabre wit and a gothic sense of romance, Jinx returns obsessively to a handful of images. It gives the collection a singular and cohesive vision, while also turning it into a claustrophobic, repetitive nightmare. It may not be to everyone’s taste. For this reader, it was electrifying…. Jinx is a charming collection. Read it at your peril.’ – Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph, Poetry Book of the Month
Abigail Parry's debut collection Jinx, published by Bloodaxe Books in March 2018, has been shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (worth £5000), one of the Forward Prizes, it was announced on 24 May. This year’s judging panel is chaired by writer, critic, broadcaster and film-maker Bidisha. It includes poets Mimi Khalvati, Chris McCabe, Niall Campbell, and vlogger, poet and author Jen Campbell.
The chair of this year's judging panel, BBC broadcaster Bidisha, said: “In reading for this year’s Forward Prizes, the other judges and I discovered an art form that is in roaring health. We read countless collections full of wonder and possibility, light but not trivial, serious but not depressing, lushly emotional but not sentimental, frequently witty and capable of great craft and zingy modernity. Our shortlists represent the stunning variety and breadth of poetry today, with contemporary international voices that are urgent, engaged and inspirational.”
The 27th annual Forward Prizes will be awarded on 18 September 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, in London. The prizes will be awarded live on stage by the chair of the jury Bidisha and there will be readings from the 15 poets shortlisted. 7pm. For details of this and Abigail Parry's other readings, click here.
Coverage of all the Forward Prize shortlists in The Telegraph here. Abigail Parry mentioned as a frontrunner.
Full details of all the shortlists and judges on the Forward Prizes' website here.
The Forward Arts Foundation in conversation with Abilgail Parry here.
Poem feature on the Forward Prizes website: 'Girl to Snake' from Jinx is here.
Carol Rumens discussed Abigail Parry's poem ‘The Quilt’ from Jinx in her Poem of the Week column for 30 April in The Guardian here. Carol commends Abigail Parry’s ‘linguistic zest’
A film of Abigail reading the poem can be seen here:
Daily Telegraph, Poetry Book of the Month, Saturday 31 March 2018
Abigail Parry’s debut collection Jinx was chosen by Tristram Fane Saunders as his Poetry Book of the Month for March in his Daily Telegraph column.
‘With macabre wit and a gothic sense of romance, Jinx returns obsessively to a handful of images. It gives the collection a singular and cohesive vision, while also turning it into a claustrophobic, repetitive nightmare. It may not be to everyone’s taste. For this reader, it was electrifying…. Jinx is a charming collection. Read it at your peril.’ – Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph
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Abigail Parry reading from Jinx
Abigail Parry reads eight poems from Jinx: ‘Arterial’, ‘The Man Who’, ‘Goat’, ‘Emma, you’re a gamer’, ‘J♥’, ‘The Lemures’, ‘The Courtesan Jigoku Dayū sees herself as a skeleton in the mirror of Hell’ and ‘Turn the Blue Iris’.
[19 June 2018]