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Fran Brooks wins University English Book Prize

Posted on 17 May 2023

Congratulations to Fran Brooks, who has won the University English Book Prize for her monograph 'Poet of the Medieval Modern. Reading the Early Medieval Library with David Jones' (Oxford University Press).

The judges wrote: "This is an exceptional book that combines a wealth and depth of scholarship with an engaging writing style that draws even the non-specialist reader in. Focussed on The Anathemata, a work published by Faber in 1952 by autodidact, artist, and poet David Jones, it demonstrates through meticulous examination of archival materials and annotations from the Anglo-Saxon Library as well as from previously unexamined correspondence, the extent to which acts of reading and creative critical thinking on Jones’s part underpinned production of The Anathemata, a culturally and linguistically composite text that uses translation as a means of cultural renewal."

You can read the rest of the judges' comments on the University English website.