The Orange Prize has been in the news more than usual in the past week. First there was the announcement that it has lost its corporate sponsorship, and that was followed, predictably, by discussions about the need for a prize for women’s writing in the first place. Finally, yesterday saw the announcement of the worthy winner, Madeline Miller’s debut novel The Song of Achilles (Bloomsbury, 2011).
Amidst this media circus, the PG CWWN steering group are pleased to announce the winner of our own Pineapple Prize (independently drawn from a hat). The winner was Katrina Naomi’s nomination of Loudness (Seren, 2011).
This collection was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2011, and follows Brown’s earlier pamphlet publication and appearences in anthologies such as Identity Parade (Bloodaxe, 2010). Katrina nominated Loudness on Facebook ‘because it takes risks, both in subject matter and language, and it’s clever without being too ‘knowing’. It’s one of my favourite recently-published poetry collections’.
Katrina wins a £10 Waterstones book voucher, and has chosen to donate two copies of her nominated text to local libraries in Streatham (London) and Margate (Kent).
The Pineapple Prize 2012 has been kindly sponsored by Waterstones, Leicester Highcross