Raymond Antrobus has won the Ted Hughes Award 2018 for his debut collection, The Perserverance. The book, published by Penned in the Margins, was also the Poetry Book Society Choice for Winter 2018 and a Poetry Book of the Year in The Guardian and The Sunday Times. It has also been longlisted for this year's Folio prize.
Born in Hackney, the 33-year-old British Jamaican has received the £5,000 prize after fiercely challenging Ted Hughes’s description of deaf children as “alert and simple” in a poem from The Perserverance. The collection touches on family life, particularly the death of Antrobus’s father, his diagnosis with deafness as a small child, and his biracial heritage.
The Ted Hughes Award 2018 is judged by Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mark Oakley and Clare Shaw. The judges said: