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POETRY KIT IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
 

 THE TED SLADE AWARD FOR SERVICE TO POETRY 2018

 

IS AWARDED TO

 copland smith and Dave Tarrant

Manky Poets

 

 

Jim Bennett said “For forty years Manchester has had an outstanding monthly night of poetry in the form first of South Manchester Poetry Group, then Manchester Poets and later as Manky Poets.  This famous open floor for poetry has attracted some of the outstanding poets of our day and encouraged local poets to take their first steps toward performance.  In this the fortieth year of its existence it is a privilege to award the Ted Slade Award to two outstanding men whose contribution to that night cannot be understated.  Dave Tarrant started the South Manchester Poetry Group in 1978 and this was taken over by copland smith in 2001 so it seems very appropriate that they should share this year’s award for services to poetry with the hope that this wonderful night of poetry continues to serve the best of poetry to Manchester and the North West for many years to come.”

 

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;

2005

Sally Evans

(Poetry Scotland)

2006

Gerald England

(New Hope International)

2007

Michael Horovitz

(Poetry Olympics)

2008

Connie Pickard

(Morden Tower)

2009

Geoff Stevens

(Purple Patch)

2010

Andy Croft

(Smokestack Books)

2011

Peter Finch

(Peter Finch Archive)

2012

Brian Wake

(Brian Wake’s Publisher)

2013

Johnathon Clifford

(Johnathon Clifford's Website)

2014

Patricia Oxley

(Acumen)

2015

Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling

(Indigo Dreams)

2016

Peter Thabit Jones

Petert Thabit Jones Website

2017

Rick Lupert

Poetry Super Highway

2018

 copland smith and Dave Tarrant

Manky Poets

 

 

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.

 

 

A Crystal Vase, similar to the one shown has been donated to be used as the Ted Slade Award and it is permanently displayed with the names of the
award recipients.