Dominic Berry wins Saboteur award for best spoken word performer
Dominic Berry has won the Saboteur indie lit award for best spoken performer for the second time in four years. After hearing Saturday’s announcement, he posted on Twitter and with a picture on Instagram: “Here is me posing just now with my 2017 trophy … Thank you to everyone who voted for me. I’m over the moon! Proper over the moon!”
The other shortlisted contenders for the award were Luke Wright, Susan Evans and Louise Fazackerley. There was better news for Luke Wright, who has never won the best spoken word performer award, and last night completed his 59th consecutive online show since the lockdown – he won the best spoken word show award with The Remains of Logan Dankworth.
The best regular spoken word night award went to Punk in Drublic. In an awards ceremony organised by Sabotage Reviews and which was broadcast on Zoom, Amanda Higgins won the best poetry pamphlet award for The Collective Nouns for Birds, published by Maytree Press, while Leeds Lit Fest won the best literary festival award, and Emma Lee won best reviewer for the second year running.