TEN poetry anthology
Edited by Bernardine Evaristo & Daljit Nagra.
Published by Bloodaxe Books
(A Spread the Word project)
Featuring ten poets
Rowyda Amin Mir Mahfuz Ali Malika Booker
Janet Kofi Tsekpo Nick Makoha Karen McCarthy Woolf Roger Robinson
Denise Saul Seni Seneviratne Shazea Quaraishi
(Cover by Chris Offili)
Published September 17th 2010.
Launch The Tabernacle, Notting Hill. (See below.)
TEN has been awarded a Poetry Book Society ‘Special Commendation’.
‘Ten sparkling new talents who demonstrate the richness, energy and confidence of the poetic voice in our multicultural country. It is a joyful and important moment in publishing.’
Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate.
In 2005 I initiated an Arts Council report (Free Verse) into why so few Black and Asian poets were getting published in the UK. The report revealed that under 1% of all poetry books are from these communities. (We make up 9% of the population.) I then went to the wonderful Emma Hewitt at the wonderful Spread the Word literature development agency with the idea of a mentoring scheme. Emma was thinking along the same lines and a two year mentoring project called The Complete Works was born. This anthology is the published outcome of the project, featuring the ten poets who took part in it.
THE SITUATION HASN’T REALLY CHANGED SINCE 2005.
THERE IS STILL MUCH WORK TO DO.
Many generous, understanding, knowledgeable, talented and supportive people have helped make this project and anthology happen, and they are all there in the acknowledgments section of the anthology.
For more details on the anthology, the LAUNCH, and Spread the Word visit http://tinyurl.com/spreadthewordliterature
THANKS TO THE ARTS COUNCIL FOR FUNDING BOTH INITIATIVES
THANKS TO SPREAD THE WORD FOR RUNNING WITH THE BATON