The Poetry Kit
THE TED SLADE AWARD FOR SERVICE TO POETRY 2013
IS AWARDED TO
This year’s recipient of the Ted Slade Award is Patricia Oxley
Jim Bennett of Poetry Kit said "Patricia Oxley has been at the forefront of poetry publishing for many years editing the magazine Acumen and organising the Torbay Festival of Poetry. Her work has helped to give voice to many poets and presented good poetry to a wide audience through the magazine and annual Festival.
We are pleased that she is now a recipient of the Ted Slade Award as Ted was always keen to highlight and promote poetry publishing and Acumen has always been seen as an example of excellence.
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 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;
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.