Congratulations to Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow Vahni Capildeo whose new collection, Venus as a Bear, has been shortlisted for The Forward Prize for Best Collection. The Forward Prizes for Poetry are the most coveted awards for poetry published in Britain and Ireland and have played a key role in bringing contemporary poetry to the attention of the wider public for a quarter of a century. The 27th annual Forward Prizes will be awarded on 18 September 2018 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. Tickets and further information can be found here.
One of the poems from the collection “They (may forget (their names (if let out)))” has also been selected by Carol Rumens as The Guardian’s poem of the week.