SARAH BROOM

THE LIFE AND WORK OF A NEW ZEALAND POET

SARAH BROOM POETRY PRIZE - 2014 WINNER

CK Stead was awarded the inaugural 2014 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize at the Auckland Writers Festival in May 2014 by Sam Hunt.

Stead is one of New Zealand's most prominent writers and critics, as well as a recipient of New Zealand’shighest honour (the Order of New Zealand), and the 2009 Montana Book Award for his Collected Poems, among numerous other awards.

The iconic New Zealand poet Sam Hunt was guest judge for 2014. "Sitting in judgement on 3000 odd poems by 300 odd poets is a daunting task", says Hunt. "When poems of the voice and presence of Karl Stead’s come along, those hours of reading and listening, become more than worthwhile, they become a total pleasure."

Accepting the award Stead said: "One is always delighted to win a literary prize", he says, "but this a very special one because Sarah Broom was a special person. I admired her poetry hugely and I wish I had met her personally. I understand there was a strong field, so it’s reassuring at my age to be told that you are still in business. I am delighted to have won, and I hope that the award continues and that it keeps, along with the poetry itself, the name of Sarah Broom alive to us all."

The award was $12,000. Shortlisted poets Emma Neale and Kirsti Whalen also read from their work at the prize giving event.

 

Read about all the finalists

 

enter2014 JUDGES

S Hunt Sam Hunt
Guest Judge
P Green Paula Green
PhD University of Auckland
S Ross Sarah Ross
BA (Hons) Canterbury, MSt (Distinction) Oxford, DPhil Oxford
M Gleissner Michael Gleissner
LLB (Hons), MBA, CPA