Seán Hewitt wins £5,000 Laurel prize
Seán Hewitt was won this year’s £5,000 Laurel prize for his debut collection Tongues of Fire. The Laurel prize, set up by the poet laureate Simon Armitage, is an annual award for the best collection of nature or environmental poetry to highlight the climate crisis and raise awareness of the challenges and potential solutions.
Tongues of Fire has been described as containing poems that are committed in their dedication to life, hope and renewal. After receiving the news of his win Hewitt said he was “so, so delighted. A massive thank you to the judges, and an honour to have been listed with such wonderful and necessary poets.”
Second was How to Live with Mammals, by Ash Davida Jane, and third was Inmates, by Sean Borodale.
Will Burns won the best first collection prize for Country Music.