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Adam Foulds, winner of the 2008 Costa Poetry Award

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Published on Jun 15, 2009

Adam Foulds, winner of the 2008 Costa Poetry Award, talks about his book, The Broken Word.

This short film, commissioned by Costa Coffee, was shown at the Costa Book Awards ceremony in London on February 2009. The film made by Charles Turley at CTA Limited.

About the book:
The Broken Word is a delicate and powerful poetic sequence that charts a young man's progress through a dark period in British colonial history - the Mau Mau uprisings in Kenya. With language and imagery that feels utterly contemporary, and subject matter - tribal violence and subsequent retribution - that seems almost Homeric, Foulds gives the narrative all the febrile energy of classical drama, re-charged and re-imagined.

About the author:
Adam Foulds was born in 1974 and lives in South London. He is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia and his poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines. His first novel, The Truth About These Strange Times, was published in 2007 and won a Betty Trask Award. Adam subsequently went on to win The Sunday Times Young Writer of The Year Award in April 2008.

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