Andrew McMillan has won the 2019 Polari Prize, celebrating work that explores the LGBT experience, for his intimate poetry collection, Playtime (Cape Poetry). Judge and Booker-winning novelist Bernardine Evaristo said of McMillan “he is exploring coming of age, masculinity and sexuality in ways that move and surprise. His poetic voice is completely natural and free, with no pretence or attempts to obfuscate meaning, yet the work has emotional complexity, power and depth.”
Fellow judge Paul McVeigh described Playtime as “beautiful, courageously honest and disarmingly vulnerable. Playtime does what the best writing does, articulates unflinchingly what it is to be human.”
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