Fiona Benson’s Vertigo & Ghost is the winner of this year’s prestigious £10,000 Forward prize for best poetry collection. This pulls the violence of Greek myths into the #MeToo era and explores female fear, desire and ferocity, while rebranding the god Zeus as a serial rapist. Shahidha Bari, the chair of the judges, called it “a work of unfaltering determination and self-inspection. It is an exhilarating collection that pulses with fury, fear and defiance – and enduring hope too.”
In addition to the Forward Poetry Prize, we are also delighted to hear that Benson’s Vertigo & Ghost has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize for poetry.