I had a wonderful evening last Tuesday (21st April) when I was invited to attend the Keats-Shelley Awards at St. Martin-in-the-fields, Trafalgar Square, London.
The event included a speech and poetry reading by the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. She read many incredibly moving poems, including ‘Water’, about her late mother.
However, the poem I found most powerful was Duffy’s tribute to the people of Liverpool and the Hillsborough disaster. The drive and power behind this poem is something P B Shelley himself surely would have agreed to be the true purpose of poetical vision and passion. The deaths of these innocent people, and the failure of the authorities to protect them, resonates in the lines of this poem: it is ‘not a matter of football, but of life’.
You can read the poem here: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/poet-laureate-carol-ann-duffy-3334921
I was also honoured to be awarded a prize at the ceremony. I received the runner’s up prize in the essay category for my piece ‘Beyond Frankenstein’, which discusses the collaborative literary relationship of the Shelleys. I still can’t quite believe it! Thankyou to the judges and the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association.
The winners of the poetry prize can be read online here (fantastic and fascinating poems): http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/keats-shelley-prize
[image: the author with her prize envelope!!]