The Poetry Kit
THE TED SLADE AWARD FOR SERVICE TO POETRY 2015
IS AWARDED JOINTLY TO
RONNIE GOODYER AND DAWN BAULING
This year’s recipients of the Ted Slade Award are Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling.
Jim Bennett of Poetry Kit said "Ronnie and Dawn are stalwarts of poetry publishing through their press INDIGO DREAMS and between them editing and publishing the magazines REACH POETRY, SARASVATI and DAWNTREADER. They have given first publication to many poets through collections and pamphlets and are always forthcoming with help and advice. It is a great pleasure for me to award the TED SLADE AWARD for services to poetry to our first joint recipients Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling.”
We are pleased that Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling will be the latest recipients of the Ted Slade Award, and its first joint winners, as Ted was always keen to highlight the importance of the small press publishers as the most important element in promoting and popularising of poetry. Although in recent years the internet has grown in importance in this regard we are pleased to confirm, once again, that the print publishing world is still alive and vibrant and its importance to poetry cannot be understated.
They told us "It is a wonderful surprise and an honour to receive this award. What a lovely start to a busy poetry year and to be recognised alongside such previous winners makes it extra special. We are both passionate about the creative written word and do whatever we can to ensure it prospers. Most of our work is done fairly quietly (honestly) but this award is something to shout from the forest rooftops! Thank you.
Ted Slade was the founding editor of The Poetry Kit in every respect it was his vision and determination that saw the site grow to become one of the most visited poetry related sites in the world. This was done with the ethos of providing a service for our readers and always putting their needs first when developing the site. For all his work Ted received no official thanks and no payment, he did it because it was necessary and if he had not done it some others with less integrity might have.
Ted died suddenly (Memorial Page) and we always felt that we wanted to find a way to honour his memory and so we introduced an award in his name which is given to a person, or persons, who has given their time and energies over an extended period to ensuring the continuance and development of poetry,. This will include people who have kept poetry as a presence in an area or community. Those who have pursued a poetic vision through a magazine or regular reading events. Those who have developed other media to explore its poetic use or have published poets who could not have otherwise found an outlet for their work.
In 2005 we gave the first TED SLADE AWARD and since then the following people have received it;
Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling
All recipients of the Ted Slade Award are acknowledged for their endeavour and dedication in the promotion of poetry. Without such people many of today's well known poets would not have had the opportunity to find a platform, develop their skills or find an audience.