Winner of Eyewear’s inaugural Melita Hume Poetry Prize announced
Of Klaces’ winning book, Dooley said:
This is a powerful and original collection, which reveals its riches and depths gradually and rewards repeated reading. Klaces is well-read and does not wear his learning lightly, yet the poetry is not wilfully clever or self-satisfied but fully accessible – its engaging footnotes integrated into the wit and imagination of the whole work. Bottled Air works as a book not just a collection of poems. It evokes the tragic European past and the global instantaneous present. At its heart is a wounded compassion and an openness to the variousness of experience. What he writes in a poem from the central section (set in a Bulgarian orphanage) is true of much else in the book:
…this is what being human is really,
something plain and unbearably alive.
Klaces sets his own agenda as a writer but creates a trust in the reader, which is unusually well rewarded.
A runner-up prize of £100 was awarded to Colette Sensier for her collection Frogs and Gods, while two commendatory prizes of £50 apiece went to Jason Eng Hun Lee and Bethan Tichbourne for, respectively, Beds in the East and Somniloquy. No word as yet on how much goes to whoever discovers who the eponymous, seemingly un-Googleable Melita Hume actually is.
He was chief hack and music editor of webzine Brazen from 2006 to 2010, and hosted Left of the Dial on Subcity Radio from 2008 to 2011.
He can be heard semi-regularly on the podcast of Scottish cultural blog Scots Whay Hae ('20th best website in Scotland!' - The List), and in 2011 founded Seen Your Video, a film and music podcast and blog based in Glasgow. He has a Masters degree in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow that will never have any practical application. You are on a hiding to nothing if you follow him on Twitter expecting any kind of hot publishing scoop.