Hannah Hodgson is a poet living with life limiting illness. Her work has been published by BBC Arts, The Poetry Society and Magma, amongst other outlets. She is a 2021 winner of the Poetry Business New Poets Prize and a 2020 Northern Writers Award for Poetry. She also received a prestigious Diana Legacy Award (given in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales) in 2021; only 20 are given worldwide every 2 years for Humanitarian and Social Action Work. Hannah has published three pamphlets, Dear Body (Wayleave Press, 2018) and Where I’d Watch Plastic Trees Not Grow (Verve, 2021) and Queen of Hearts (Poetry Business, 2022). Her first full collection, 163 Days, was published by Seren in March 2022. Proving to be a busy year, she has a further pamphlet ‘I always Fall in Love Inside Hospitals’ due from Broken Sleep Books in September. You can find more of her stuff here: @HodgsonWrites, hannahhodgson.com
I am absolutely flabbergasted to receive this award, from the wonderful New Writing North. Times are tough for all of those working within the arts, but especially for those who are disabled or belonging to other marginalised groups. As a disabled woman working today, the poetic is political, I often write about matters of life and death. When we look at Covid deaths, 60% have been disabled people. It’s good to know that, although oftentimes a very lonely pursuit, my work whilst navigating tough subjects still stands out for the form it is, the skill of writing poetry. I want to thank both Helen Mort for judging this prize, and New Writing North for funding it. It will give me something which is a rare but intangible resource: time to work on my poems, and also belief in each of my poems as a piece of art.