Scottish Book Awards First Book Award
Forward Prize for Poetry Best First Collection
Rachael Boast’s first collection is dominated by astral influence and divine chance, by unseen or remote causes; but despite its celestial title, Sidereal is full of terrestrial concerns, the traffic and chaos of the human and natural worlds. Ultimately, however, it is the work of a poet who believes that we must also turn our gaze skywards to make sense of who we are, and these poems pursue their elliptical but inevitable orbits through a world where the earthly and transcendent are thoroughly interfused. Above all, Sidereal impresses through Boast’s lyric faith, which through even the worst pain and despair can still offer its clarities and revelations, and announces an important new voice in British poetry.
Sidereal is winner of the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry 2012.
Picador poet Rachael Boast's poem Belle Époque has been awarded the first prize. Read the winning poem here.
by Rachael BoastLying down on a bench by the bridge,
a moon in late Gemini hidden from view,
I think of you who I loved a moment ago
as handfuls of light thrown up in the sky
The Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry is awarded annually to the writer of the best first collection published in the UK or Ireland in the preceding year.
Picador poet Rachael Boast has won the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection!
Rachael Boast's debut collection Sidereal has been shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2011, one of the most influential and established poetry prizes in the UK.
Sidereal, Rachael Boast's fantastic debut collection of poetry has been longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
Two Picador poets make it on to the Forward Prize shortlists . . .
We've teamed up with Foyles to make a Picador Poem of the Month.
Poet Rachael Boast explains the impetus behind her debut collection, Sidereal, by way of The Book of Job and Joseph Brodsky's claim that language is a game we play to re-structure time.
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