Judges Gillian Clarke, Stephen Raw and Jeanette Winterson have awarded the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry to Kaite O'Reilly for her extraordinary retelling of Aeschylus' play, The Persians.
Now in its second year, the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry is awarded annually to recognise excellence in poetry. It is one of the only awards to acknowledge the wide range of work being produced by poets - not just in books, but beyond. The Persians is a beautifully poetic version of Aeschylus' tragic play, retold by Kaite O'Reilly. Her masterly retelling of this 2500 year old story focuses on how war destroys people's identity. Her use of language is contemporary but never loses any of the historical context.
"Poetry crosses time, the old play becomes the new poetry. Here's the truth of language colliding with the clichés of politics and the advertisement of war. This verse play is entertainment, challenge and a lie detector." – Judges of the Ted Hughes Award.