April 20, 2010
So pleased to hear that Alice Oswald has been awarded the inaugural Ted Hughes poetry prize for her collection, Weeds and Wild Flowers. "What's startling is the sheer bravura, the idiosyncrasy, the uniqueness of the work. It's extremely rooted and almost unfashionably English and rural, and is something which is very right for a Ted Hughes award," said Tim Supple, the judge. Of all poets working today... Alice Oswald is probably the most like Hughes, so it seems fitting that she gets the first award," the prize's founder, funder and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy said. "I think Ted would have been bowled over by her collection."