Winner: Best Poetry Book
Pioneering Irish poet Eavan Boland posthumously wins the Costa Poetry Award – the third writer to do so - with her final collection, The Historians, described by the judges as ‘an extraordinary book.’
Jill McDonald, CEO of Costa Coffee, said: “Five outstanding books and five very worthy Award winners – what a wonderful way to start the year. The Costa Book Awards are all about recognising great writing and a good read and we’re very proud to be announcing such a brilliant collection of books for readers to explore and enjoy.”
his is an era in which more Irish women are writing and publishing poetry than ever thitherto, but few have Boland’s craftsmanship or intricate mastery of the weave and play of the simple and heart-deep experience of women with the greater mutating history of which they are a part. It is cliché and pseudo-speak to suggest that her poetry and vision gave women ‘permission’ to engage with Ireland, with their own history and the history of the nation at the same time, but neither is it entirely untrue. This modest collection is welcome and those who have not read Boland—few though they may be—will find here at least an introduction to her always-potent art. For others, it will serve as a coda to a poetic life well lived.