***Winner of the 2014 Costa Poetry Award***
“We haven’t had as much fun reading a poetry collection in ages. Joyous, brilliant and moving – this is a poet to celebrate.” – The Costa Judges
Leaping from the pages, jostling for position alongside the Valleys mams, dads, and bamps, and described with great warmth, the superheroes in question are a motley crew: Evel Knievel, Sophia Loren, Ian Rush, Marty McFly, a bicycling nun, and a recalcitrant hippo. Other poems focus on the crammed terraces and abandoned high streets where a working-class and Welsh nationalist politics is hammered out. This is a postindustrial valleys upbringing re-imagined through the prism of pop culture and surrealism.
Jonathan Edwards marries an authentic colloquial voice with sound technique to produce poems which recognize the exotic in everyday life, and a first collection which, remarkably, has won the Costa Prize for Poetry 2014.
It was wonderful having Jonathan with us at VERVE 2020 where he featured at our Sunday headline event and delivered a workshop. He went down a storm with our festival audience as we knew he would!
Date: 1st Apr 2014
Extent: 72 pp