Alice Oswald wins £5,000 Costa poetry prize
Alice Oswald has won the £5,000 Costa poetry award with her seventh collection, Falling Awake, it was announced on Tuesday night. The collection is said to focus on life’s losing struggle with the gravity of nature. Oswald is known for her interest in gardening, ecology, and music. Her second collection, Dart, was the result of years of research into the history, environment and community of the river Dart in Devon. Other collections include Woods, etc; Weeds and Wild Flowers; A Sleepwalk on the Severn; and Memorial. Falling Awake has also been shortlisted for the Forward and TS Eliot prizes. Others on the all-female Costa poetry shortlist were Kate Tempest, Melissa Lee-Houghton, and Denise Riley.