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Jo Shapcott At Poetry East

by Maitreyabandhu (2011)

Jo Shapcott won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Poetry Prize, and the National Poetry Competition (twice). With Mathew Sweeney, she edited 'Emergency Kit: Poems for Strange Times', and has published a version of Rilke's French poems called 'Tender Taxes'. She is Professor of Poetry at Royal Holloway, University of London and President of the Poetry Society. Her latest collection, 'Of Mutability', was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and won the Costa Book of the Year Award in 2011. Maitreyabandhu interviews her here about her life and work, followed by a reading.

"She transforms the extraordinary into the immediately plausible." Mark Wormald, Times Literary Supplement.

"Passionate reticence... she howls and sings." Michael Hofmann, The Times.

Find more about Poetry East at PoetryEast.net