(Clockwise from top left: Joelle Taylor © Roman Manfredi; Courtney Conrad; Rhiya Pau © Aneka Ganatra; Joe Carrick-Varty; Maisie Newman; Gwyneth Lewis © Edward Brown; Daniella Fearon © Daniella Emily;  David Kinloch © Gerry Cambridge; Jack Cooper © Olivia Da Costa; Gerry Loose © Morven Gregor; Moniza Alvi © Bob Coe; Menna Elfyn © John Briggs)

In conjunction with SoA Awards & the Poetry and Spoken Word Group

Join us for a special SoA Awards Positive Poetry Party hosted by this year’s TS Eliot Prize winner and Eric Gregory Awards judge, poet Joelle Taylor. 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.


  • 7pm – Welcome and introduction by PSWG Coordinator Johanna Clarke (5 mins)
  • 7:05pm – Welcome and poetry reading from host Joelle Taylor (5 mins)
  • 7:10– Poetry readings (50 mins)
  • 8pm – Closing words and poetry from Joelle Taylor
  • 8:10pm – Closing comments by Johanna Clarke
  • 8:15pm – Event finishes


The line-up

Joelle Taylor (Chair, Eric Gregory Judge)

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet and author who prior to the pandemic completed a world tour with her collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She founded SLAMbassadors, the UK national youth poetry slam championships, as well as the international spoken-word project Borderlines. She is widely anthologised, the author of 4 collections of poetry and is currently completing her debut collection of inter-connecting short stories The Night Alphabet. Her new poetry collection C+NTO & Othered Poems was published in June 2021 which won the 2021 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry and is the subject of the Radio 4 arts documentary Butch.

http://joelletaylor.co.uk/ | Twitter  @JTaylorTrash | Instagram  JTaylorTrash
Photo credit © Roman Manfredi 

Poets including…

(in alphabetical order)

Moniza Alvi (Cholmondeley judge)

Joe Carrick-Varty (Eric Gregory winner)

Courtney Conrad (Eric Gregory winner)

Jack Cooper (Eric Gregory winner)

Menna Elfyn (Cholmondeley Winner)

Daniella Fearon (Eric Gregory winner)

David Kinloch (Cholmondeley winner)

Gwyneth Lewis (Eric Gregory Judge)

Gerry Loose (Cholmondeley winner)

Maisie Newman (Eric Gregory winner)

Rhiya Pau (Eric Gregory 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 

Before the event

  • Once registered, we will send you a confirmation email with the Zoom link
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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom; you will have the option to be visible on screen but don’t have to, and you can ask questions via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 45 minutes

After the event

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


Book your place using the registration form below.

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