Awards: Griffin Poetry; Penderyn Music Book

This year's international and Canadian shortlists have been announced for the Griffin Poetry Prize. The seven finalists are invited to read in Toronto on June 7 and will each be awarded C$10,000 (about US$7,495) for their participation in the Shortlist Readings. The two winners, who will be named June 8, each receive C$65,000 (about US$48,730). The shortlisted Griffin titles are:

World of Made and Unmade by Jane Mead
In Praise of Defeat by Abdellatif Laâbi, translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith
Falling Awake by Alice Oswald
Say Something Back by Denise Riley

Injun by Jordan Abel
Violet Energy Ingots by Hoa Nguyen
Silvija by Sandra Ridley


Daniel Rachel won 2017 Penderyn Music Book Prize, which is given "specifically for music titles (history, theory, biography, autobiography)" published in the U.K., for Walls Come Tumbling Down: The Music and Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge. The winner receives a check for £1,000 (about $1,245) and a bottle of Penderyn Single Cask Whiskey.

Rachel said, "This award is a tribute to the 100 or more contributors to the book whose actions and songs changed our country's cultural landscape and a remainder to tomorrow's heroes that pop music can change the world."

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