Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

A quick interruption of the 16 Days of Activism posts I’ve been doing for some happier news.

My book The Art of Falling was awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize yesterday.

The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize is awarded to a poetry book one year and a novel the next.

I’ve been in London for the last couple of days – on Wednesday evening I went for dinner with my husband and my lovely editor at Seren, Amy Wack, and her husband.

Yesterday at lunchtime we went to the Faber offices and I was presented with the prize.  It was a really lovely event – I just had to read one poem from the book.  Everyone was really friendly.

I also did an interview over the phone with The Guardian, which happened so quickly that there wasn’t much time to get nervous about it – you can read the article here

The judges this year were Gillian Clarke, Katharine Towers and Tom Gatti.

You can read the judges report here:

To be honest, I’m still in a state of disbelief.  Obviously the prize money is very nice, but I was really touched by the judges comments, and particularly Gillian’s lovely speech at the event, which made my mum and dad cry!

I also wanted to say thank you to all the lovely people who have been sending messages, commenting on Facebook, tweeting on Twitter, texting, emailing to say congratulations.  I really do appreciate all of the messages.

Here are some photos from my London adventure


11 comments on “Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

  1. Congratulations again. As a parent myself I nearly wept, reading about your mum and dad☺. Manchester are lucky to have you.

  2. Terrific news! Well done, Kim. We are thrilled and delighted about your much deserved reward. Love, Peter & Margaret

  3. Reblogged this on The Great Fogginzo's Cobweb and commented:
    The Great Fogginzo’s Cobweb was expecting to celebrate a particular event with three guests posts. The headliner was to be Kim Moore. Well, this puts the cherry on the cake, the angel on the tree and the star in the heavens. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll be hearing from her on the cobweb before Christmas. Kim Moore, my mate and my inspiration.

  4. I found your poetry through that rushed Guardian article and am glad that I didn’t follow through on my resolution to stop reading the newspapers! Congratulations – it is very well deserved. Thank you for sharing your work.

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