Britain’s poet laureate has created a prize to highlight poetry about the climate crisis

 

Boris

Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister (Credit: European Union)

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.

Author: Rosamond Hutt Senior Writer, Formative Content


  • British poet laureate Simon Armitage will donate his salary to fund the new award for poetry about climate change.
  • The Laurel Prize will go to the best collection of nature or environmental poetry.
  • The climate crisis has revived interest in nature and environmental writing.

“We are facing the most catastrophic threat to the future of our planet that we have ever encountered,” wrote British poet laureate Simon Armitage in a blog post to announce the launch of a new award for poetry about climate change.

The Laurel Prize will be awarded annually to the best collection of nature or environmental poetry, with the aim of highlighting “challenges and potential solutions at this critical point in our planet’s life.”

 

The poet, playwright and novelist has pledged his laureate’s honorarium of $6,450 each year to support the award.

Armitage hopes the Laurel Prize will shine light on a similar resurgence taking place in poetry.

The climate crisis has revived interest in non-fiction nature and environmental writing, with works by authors such as Helen Macdonald and Robert Macfarlane hitting international bestseller lists.

“The new wave of nature writing in non-fiction has been well documented over recent years but not enough attention has been paid to a similar move in poetry, with climate crisis and environmental concerns clearly provoking this important strand of work,” he wrote.

The prize will be run by UK arts organization Poetry School, which also awards the annual Ginkgo Prize for the best single “ecopoem.”

It will be judged by Armitage, Macfarlane and the poet Moniza Alvi, and presented in May 2020.

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

EU and UK soon to be in a post-Brexit rush over free trade agreement with Australia

It is now the era to evolve mutually as the bacteria do

Trade barriers: EU removes record number in response to surge in protectionism

From coca to cocoa: three lessons from Peru on how farmers can leave the drug trade behind

How to end overfishing in the global South

Samsung’s profits fall as cheaper smartphones gain market share

Libya: Security Council demands commitment to ‘a lasting ceasefire’

UN chief welcomes agreement by rival leaders in South Sudan, as a step towards ‘inclusive and implementable’ peace

A comprehensive strategy for Eurozone’s long term growth gains momentum

Iraq: Over 150,000 children endangered by ‘freezing’ temperatures, warns UNICEF

From social entrepreneurship to systems entrepreneurship: how to create lasting change

MEPs call on EU countries to end precarious employment practices

Is the EU’s enlargement over-stretched?

Here’s why infrastructure will make or break our response to climate change

Yemen: Major UN aid boost for ‘up to 14 million’ as country risks becoming a land of ‘living ghosts’

Customs Union: Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million stopped at EU customs in 2018

Berlin vies for a Germanic European Central Bank

How India’s government can build better contracts with blockchain

Coronavirus: How worried should we be?

UN chief praises Malaysia’s death penalty repeal as ‘major step forward’

EU adopts retaliative measures in response to US steel and aluminum tariffs

Digital development: technology-enabled, but human-centric

COP21 Breaking News_03 December: Unprecedented Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction to Combat Climate Change

Public Health equality in a trench

Trade: EU-Singapore agreement to enter into force on 21 November 2019

How climate change sparks innovation for fragile communities

Berlin ‘orders’ the EU Parliament to compromise

Rising insecurity in Central Africa Republic threatens wider region, Security Council told

Zeid calls for ICC probe into Myanmar Rohingya crisis

We must learn and change after Haiti sexual abuse scandal -Oxfam chief

Is the West gradually losing Africa?

UN experts urge United Arab Emirates to release terminally ill woman to live her last days ‘in dignity’

MWC 2016 LIVE: 5G to embrace unlicensed bands and Wi-Fi

Algorithmic warfare is coming. Humans must retain control

Malta: investigation risks being compromised while Prime Minister is in office

Lagarde: Keep feeding the banks cut down wages and food subsidies

At this ‘critical moment’, UN chief urges anti-corruption conference to adopt united front

Escalation in Syria fighting cause for ‘great concern’ says UN chief, dozens more civilians dead or injured

What the Women’s World Cup can teach us about capitalism

Commission presents far-reaching anti-tax evasion measures

Gynecologic care in the 21st century

Ahead of State of the Union the European Youth Forum highlights lack of action on youth employment

Light at the end of the Eurozone tunnel

Coronavirus: Commission issues guidance to ensure essential freight keeps moving by air

Brexit: Ensuring a smooth transition for car producers and safety on the roads

Ten UN peacekeepers killed in a terrorist attack in northern Mali

Copyright: European Union , 2017; Source: EC - Audiovisual Service; Photo: Frank Molter

EU hits deadlock on the future of glyphosate a month before deadline

G20 LIVE: “ISIL is the face of evil; our goal is to degrade and ultimately destroy this barbaric terrorist organisation”, US President Barack Obama cries out from Antalya Turkey

The European Commission, European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures establish a new €100 million fund to support clean energy investments

Cutting CO2 emissions from trucks: MEPs reach deal with Council

“Beyond the beach: tackling plastic pollution upstream”, a Sting Exclusive by Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment

Water pollution is killing millions of Indians. Here’s how technology and reliable data can change that

2016 crisis update: the year of the Red Fire Monkey burns the world’s markets down

This Netherlands football stadium creates its own energy and stores it in electric car batteries

Sochi not far away from Ukraine

State aid: Commission approves support for six offshore wind farms in France

These 5 countries plan to slash their CO2 emissions. But how will they do it?

WhatsApp to face scrutiny from EU regulators task force over data sharing with Facebook

How to stop plastic pollution at source

More Stings?

Comments

  1. Cli-Po (climate poetry) 🙂
    You saw it here first. Well, actually it was in Reddit first (cli-fi)

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s