Sarah Howe with Loop of Jade
She is presented with a cheque for 20,000 pounds. The winning author and collection was announced this evening at a dinner in Covent Garden, London, 11th January 2016.
The nine others on the shortlist receive 1,500 pounds each.
Sarah Howe had also won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for 2015.
I read/reviewed this volume, along with the other first collection, Beauty/Beauty by Rebecca Perry in a previous blog. As I did not read the other 8, I cant have a valid opinion but I do know that Loop of Jade was an emotive and vivid read for myself in recalling my several visits to HongKong between 15 and twenty years ago.
The sights, the smells, the crashing together of poverty and wealth especially the worlds of high-rise finance versus bamboo shacks literally clinging to the almost cliff-edges of all those fighting for a life in HongKong, apparently for a better life.
For me her poetry brings with it the diffision of family, the differences in life and the mystery of what-if. Plus the discovery of self in ones genetic make up that grows through any personal memories and spreads with the unconscious. This is additional to the simple beauty and pleasure of reading it!
Whether or not this was intended is no matter. Her poetry is persistant and adds a little understanding to everyone’s life. This collection ought to stand a test of time, for me it certainly will. I must also thank the bookseller whose preference and suggestion by rate of sale encouraged me to review this title: Loop of Jade, Winner of the 2015 T S Eliot Prize,
Topping Bookseller of Ely, Cambridgeshire.