John Freeman’s collection What Possessed Me has been short-listed in the poetry category for the Wales Book of the Year Award 2017.
The Wales Book of the Year Award, administered by Literature Wales, is presented to the best Welsh-language and English-language works first published in the preceding year in the fields of creative writing and literary criticism in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction.
John Freeman is joined on the shortlist by Rhiannon Hooson (The Other City, Seren) and Maria Apichella (Psalmody, Eyewear). The winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony on Monday 13 November 2017 at Tramshed, Cardiff.
What Possessed Me has been called “a visionary collection” (Sentinel Literary Review), “lit with humour and openness” (London Grip), and “full of precise and telling detail and powerful and memorable imagery” (Jonathan Edwards). “The thing that immediately strikes me”, writes Charles Ashleigh in Penniless Press, “about John Freeman’s poems is their consistency – of tone, of rhythm, of clarity. There is a sure voice in evidence at all times. What is particularly affecting is the way in which a poem, and I’m conscious of this whole book being, in a sense, really one poem, can be triggered by a small incident or observation. What I find attractive in the writing is the relaxed and friendly way in which the reader is invited into the poet’s world.”