One of the most original challenging poets
writing in Britain today…
Full of light and hope
Daily Mail

  • 2019, PEN Pinter Prize

  • 2019, BAFTA nominated

  • 2019, University of Brunel Honorary Doctorate

  • 2018, University of Kent Honorary Doctor of Letters

  • 2017, Points of Light Award from Prime Minister

  • 2017, Seed Award Toronto

  • 2017, The Times Alternative Rich List

  • 2016, Doubleday Award

  • 2016, NESTA New Radical Award

  • 2016, Bikila Award Toronto

  • 2015, Chancellor at University of Manchester

  • 2015, Honorary Doctor of Letters University of Manchester

  • 2015, Citation from Congress

  • 2014, Fellow of Foundling Museum

  • 2013, Honorary Doctor of Letters University of Huddersfield

  • 2010, New Years Honours MBE (services to literature)

  • 2004, Race in the Media Award (RIMA)