Dr. Yvonne Reddick has won a national poetry award for her project which was inspired by her father’s death.
‘Translating Mountains’ was a project about her mountineer father who sadly passed away whilst hiking in the Scottish Highlands in 2015.
She said: “I’m delighted and honoured that my work has been chosen as a winning entry in the Northern Writers’ Awards. This is great news for UCLan and for literature in Preston. The poems about mountaineering are a very appropriate tribute to my father, and I know that he would be proud.”
Yvonne, from Preston, had a selection of poems about her expertises these included: landscape and the environment, especially the work of Ted Hughes.
Her collection of poetry included untold stories of Hughes’ life. They show how he acquired the skin of a Guyanese leopard, why he had a blackout on the anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s death, and respond poetically to his sketches, diaries and collection of animal skulls.
Judge Patience Agbabi praised her winning work. She said: “This poet had the skill to make private grief into a shared human experience. I was moved. This opening section had a strong sense of place and pastime, the language was very much embedded in the landscape. But it was the middle section, Trying to Be Fox, that totally seduced me. Ted Hughes is given the role of male muse behind these clever, mischievous poems inspired by meticulous research into previously unseen archives. Poets will love this.”
Congratulations Yvonne for your wondeful northern award from all of the team at The Pulse!