Prizes, Prizes

You may well have heard that this year’s judges of the Booker Prize broke their own rules by splitting the prize because they could not decide between Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments and Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other. Evaristo has been making waves since the publication of her verse novel The Emperor’s Babe  in 2001 and her work frequently tackles aspects of the African diaspora. Read about the authors and the controversy of the Booker judgement here.

Bear in mind that while novels tend to get the headlines, there are poetry prizes too, and the TS Eliot prize shortlist has just been announced.

Prizes are all well and good, but what it the role of poetry? Does it have one? Read here about the recognition of a poets whose work tackles politics, human rights and freedom of expression in a way which has led to arrest and imprisonment.

And finally, what kind of poetic sensitivity is required for the production of poetry? Can a computer write poetry?