The Poetry Kit
THE TED SLADE AWARD FOR SERVICE TO POETRY 2016
IS AWARDED TO
PETER THABIT JONES
Jim Bennett of Poetry Kit said " I
am really happy that once more our award goes to someone
who, like the other recipients of the Ted Slade Award,
has given so much to promote and sustain audiences for
poetry and to create outlets for the work of others.
As well as writing fine poetry for adults, his
children’s writing is outstanding and helps to develop a
love of poetry in his readers. Peter’s output
encompasses theatre, media and publishing. He was
born in Swansea, and his work in promoting poetry
in Wales has brought him to prominence. He
regularly flies the flag for poets in schools, festivals
and events throughout Wales, and across Europe and the
USA. I am pleased to see the Ted Slade Award 2016
awarded to Peter Thabit Jones. "
Peter said "To receive
an award from the inspired and inspiring The Poetry Kit,
which is to honour the remarkable work done by Ted Slade
and which is being continued wonderfully by Jim Bennett,
means so much to me as a poet and publisher.
To follow in the footsteps of the likes of
Michael Horovitz, Peter Finch, Gerald England and
others, such writers and publishers who have done so
much for poets and poetry over the decades, makes me a
been lucky over the years with constant encouragement
from my New York publisher and poet Stanley H. Barkan,
my American mentor Vince Clemente, poet and critic, and
more recently, Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, American artist
and poet, John Dotson, American writer, Kristine Doll,
American poet and event organizer, and Patricia Holt,
who with Stanley and Carolyn is an American advisor for
The Seventh Quarry Press.
I shall cherish this award, which I know will
encourage me even more to continue promoting poetry and
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
Peter Thabit Jones
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.