Awards

Here is a selection of some recognition that I have received; I regard my work as a poet on an equal footing to my public roles where I help diversify literature

2024

  • Honorary Fellow of the English Association

2023

  • indiom: Poetry Book Society Choice, The Guardian’s Poetry Book of the Year
  • Patron Stephen Spender Trust
  • indiom (pub Faber & Faber) Selected a Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn

2022

  • QAA Benchmark for English
  • Honorary Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge

2021

  • National REF Panel 27
  • Chair of the Royal Society of Literature
  • Council Society of Authors
  • Lead Advisor Poetry By Heart

2018

  • Elected to the Council of the Royal Society of Literature
  • Winner of the Cholmondeley Award

2017

  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

2016

  • Selected as a Trustee of the Arvon Foundation

2014

  • Winner of the Royal Society of Arts’ Travelling Scholarship
  • Selected as a New Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society
  • Shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize

2012

  • Shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize

2008

  • Arts Council Grant for the Arts
  • Won The South Bank Show Decibel Prize

2007

  • Costa Poetry prize nomination
  • Won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection
  • Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award
  • Shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry
  • Shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize

2004

  • Won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Individual Poem

2003

  • First ever Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice
  • Oh My Rub! (Smith/Doorstop) Won the Poetry Pamphlet Competition
  • Pamphlet selected as one of the Guardian Poetry Books of the year