Double triumph! TS Eliot winner Joelle Taylor is Saboteurs best spoken word performer

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Joelle Taylor has won this year’s Saboteur award for best spoken word performer, it was announced at the awards ceremony in Birmingham on Saturday night. It is a remarkable stage and page achievement for Taylor, who earlier this year won the TS Eliot prize for poetry.

Manchester’s Verbose won the people’s vote for best spoken word night, while Cathy Carson took the best spoken word show award for ‘Becoming marvellous’. Other awards included Sarah Mnatzaganian for best poetry pamphlet with Lemonade in the Armenian Quarter (Against The Grain Press), while Butcher’s Dog won best magazine. Katrina Naomi and Helen Mort won the best collaborative work award for Same But Different.

Leeds Lit Fest took the best literary festival award, and Victorina Press won most innovative publisher.

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