The 2024 Poetry Shortlist

Self-Portrait As Othello

Jason Allen-Paisant


Poetic memoir and ekphrastic experiment, Self-Portrait as Othello imagines Othello in the urban landscapes of modern London, Paris and Venice and invents the kinds of narrative he might tell about his intersecting identities.

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The Home Child

Liz Berry

In 1908, 12 year old newly-orphaned Eliza Showell boards a ship that will carry her from the slums of the Black Country to Nova Scotia. Inspired by a true family story, a spell-binding novel-in-verse about a child far from home.

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Bright Fear

Mary Jean Chan

In her second collection, Mary Jean Chan’s poems engage fearlessly with intertwined themes of identity, multilingualism and postcolonial legacy.

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