Shortlisted for the Poetry Book Awards: Summon by Elizabeth Ridout

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Ridout has been shortlisted for the 2020 Poetry Book Awards for her collection, Summon.

The experience of living with the adventures and griefs of bipolar disorder forms the focus for this remarkable collection of poetry.

Ridout uses the language of the fairy story and visceral images of the female form and femininity to explore how personal trauma and instability makes their mark on the wider world. Different voices and twisted accounts of the body and mind are combined with the mythological and the esoteric to create striking, beautifully unsettling and unusual poems—each a celebration of the extremes of being human.

Spotlight Books is a collaboration between Creative Future, New Writing South and Myriad Editions to discover, guide and support writers who are under-represented due to mental or physical health issues, disability, race, class, gender identity or social circumstance.

Summon is available to buy now for £5 at all good bookshops.