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SoA Awards Positive Poetry Party

12 July @ 18:30 - 19:45 BST

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From top left to right: Princess Arinola Adegbite © Sloetry; Caroline Bird; Jane Draycott © Kevin Lake; Jay Gao; Mukahang Limbu © The Poetry Society; Gwyneth Lewis © Edward Brown; Sarah Howe © Hayley Madden

From bottom left to right: Eric Ngalle Charles © Billie Charity; Helen Quah © Kristine Romano; Charlotte Shevchenko Knight; Greta Stoddart © Robin Mills; Michael Symmons-Roberts © Martin Bence; Jackie Wills © Giya Makondo-Wills


Join us for a special SoA Awards Positive Poetry Party, hosted this year by 2016 TS Eliot Prize winner and current Eric Gregory Awards judge, poet Sarah Howe. Listen and watch live poetry readings from this year’s SoA Award poets – including the Cholmondeley and Eric Gregory winners as well as judges from both awards – and connect with other writers in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

Read the full list of this year’s SoA Award winners and judges for the Cholmondeley and Eric Gregory awards on our website.

This event is part of SoA Awards @ Home – ongoing celebrations for this year’s Society of Authors’ Awards. The event will take place online via Zoom and a link will be sent to registered attendees.

Hosted in conjunction with our Poetry and Spoken Word Group (PSWG).




  • 6.30pm – Welcome and introduction by PSWG Coordinator Johanna Clarke (5 mins)
  • 6.35 pm – Welcome and poetry reading from host Sarah Howe (5 mins)
  • 6.40 pm – Poetry readings (50 mins)
  • 7.30 pm – Closing words from Sarah Howe
  • 7.40 pm – Closing comments by Johanna Clarke
  • 7.45 pm – Event finishes


The Line-up

Sarah Howe – (Chair, Eric Gregory Judge)

Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Born in Hong Kong to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. She has performed her work at festivals internationally and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She is a Lecturer in Poetry at King’s College London.

Website: www.sarahhowepoetry.com


Poets including…

(in alphabetical order)

Princess Arinola Adegbite Eric Gregory Winner 

Caroline Bird Cholmondeley Winner

Jane Draycott Cholmondeley Winner

Jay Gao Eric Gregory Winner 

Mukahang Limbu Eric Gregory Winner

Gwyneth Lewis Eric Gregory Award Judge

Eric Ngalle Charles Eric Gregory Award Judge

Helen Quah Eric Gregory Winner

Charlotte Shevchenko Knight Eric Gregory Winner 

Greta Stoddart Cholmondeley Winner

Michael Symmons Roberts Cholmondeley Winner

Jackie Wills Cholmondeley Winner


About the Poetry and Spoken Word Group

The SoA Poetry and Spoken Word Group (PSWG) is a professional community for poets and spoken word artists. We come together to discuss issues affecting poets and the spoken word community, offer advice and support, and raise the profile of poetry and performance.

The Group is run by an elected committee and a professional coordinator from the SoA.


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Need to know


  • Attendees will have the option to turn on the live transcript to watch with subtitles
  • If you require BSL interpretation for this event, please email [email protected]

Before the event

  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Meetings; you will have the option whether or not to be on camera and you can ask questions in the chat.
  • This event is 75 minutes.

After the event

  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome | #SoAwards
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo Channel



Book your place by using the registration below.

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12 July
18:30 - 19:45 BST
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