Kate Tempest and Denise Riley shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Poetry Award

23 November 2016

We are delighted to have two Picador poetry books on the shortlist for the 2016 Costa Poetry Award, Denise Riley's Say Something Back and Kate Tempest's Let Them Eat Chaos.

The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.


Let Them Eat Chaos
Kate Tempest

'A magical book about now....indispensable, wonderful, a cry from the heart to a wounded world.' - Costa Poetry Judges 

The epic new poem from one of the biggest names in contemporary poetry. Let Them Eat Chaos is a call to action, and, both on the page and in Tempest's electric performance, one of the most powerful poetic statements of the year.

Read an extract

Say Something Back
Denise Riley

'Robust in its fragility, it stops you in your tracks.' -  Costa Poetry Judges 

A deeply moving document of grieving and loss by one of our finest writers, Say Something Back allows readers to see why Denise Riley is held in such high regard by her fellow poets. 

Read 'They saw you coming'


The full shortlist includes, 

Sunshine by Melissa Lee-Houghton 
Falling Awake by Alice Oswald
Say Something Back by Denise Riley
Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest

Find out more about all the books shortlisted for this year's awards. This year’s winners will be announced on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.


Watch Jen Campbell announcing the Costa Poetry Book Shortlist


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