As you may know there was a £10,000 poetry prize awarded last night. Yes. £10,000. Yes. You are right that is double the Costa Poetry Prize. The Arts Foundation Award for Spoken Word 2015 was awarded to Hollie McNish, whose new illustrated poetry collection Cherry Pie will be published by Burning Eye in April. Congratulations are due to Hollie on a deserved 21st Century win for a poet who is showing how to take poetry to the people in the digital age. Commiserations to the other 4 shortlisted poets Burning Eye’s Rob Auton plus Sabrina Mahfouz, Ross Sutherland and Jemima Foxtrot any of whom would have been deserved winners. You can follow Hollie on Facebook – her page is Hollie Poetry or @holliepoetry on twitter. She is touring the UK and Ireland throughout April and May- full details on her website. Here she is performing Mathematics (c.1.9million hits to date!) which will be included in Cherry Pie – there is a pre-order link right here!

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