Esther Morgan Runner-up for the New Angle Prize

Esther Morgan Runner-up for the New Angle Prize

‘This year’s runner-up is Esther Morgan for her poetry collection The Wound Register.  The title refers to the Casualty Book of the Norfolk Regiment during the First World War.  In this luminous, nuanced and emotionally resonant collection, Morgan’s own East Anglian family history is woven into the poems, including her present life as a mother.’ – Andrew Burton, Judge and co-chair, New Angle Prize for Literature (writing in Suffolk magazine)


Esther Morgan's fourth collection, The Wound Register, has been announced as the runner-up for the 2019 New Angle Prize (for literature associated with or influenced by the region of East Anglia).  The book was also shortlisted for the poetry category of the East Anglian Book Awards 2018.

‘A book of poems influenced by the Casualty Book of the Norfolk Regiment in the First World War – Morgan’s East Anglian family history and present life as a mother is woven into the poems.’ - Judges Julia Blackburn, Amanda Hodgkinson and Andrew Burton, New Angle Prize for Literature

Published in 2018, the centenary anniversary year of the end of the First World War, The Wound Register contains poems which address the effects of the First World War on the writer's own family following her great-grandfather's death at the Somme. The title refers to the official casualty and sickness records of those who served in the Norfolk Regiment throughout the Great War.

Esther received a cheque for £500 at a the prize-winners' ceremony at Hintlesham Golf Club, Suffolk on 3rd July 2019.
More on the New Angle Prize for Literature here.

'If you only read one new poet this year please read her.' - Katherine Lockton on Esther Morgan in South Bank Poetry

Esther spoke to Katherine Lockton about war, motherhood and her fourth collection The Wound Register.

Click here to read the feature.

[04 July 2019]

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