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Abbie Neale New Poets Prize

Despite unravelling, we manage - time and time again - to stitch ourselves back together.

Available to order | Published 1st June 2020 by The Poetry Business.

Winner of the 2019 New Poets Prize judged by lecturer, editor and award-winning poet Mary Jean Chan, who said:


"This is a powerful collection that trains a keen eye on the realities of toxic masculinity, misogyny and sexual violence... through a combination of confessional, documentary and surrealist modes."

Threadbare is a remarkable debut of stark and relentless poems driven to explore some of the truly darker corners of human encounters. Abbie Neale is most certainly a poet to watch closely.

A powerful and brilliantly-executed collection of poems. This is strong, focused and genuine writing. It has taken my breath away, in the same way that Stag’s Leap did the first time I read it. 


Performance poet and spoken word facilitator, researcher and lecturer


Poet, critic, editor and Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature

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“Sometimes subtle, mostly piercing and fiercely liberating, Threadbare is an honest account of poetry… Threadbare is necessary for those who need an uncomfortable read, to reflect upon your actions and be aware what you can do to help unload the weight of pain that comes with toxic masculinity. More poetry like this needs to hit the pages, and soon.”


"There is nothing more truly depressing as a working poet than being asked to review a debut collection so wonderful that you immediately decide to pack it in and start whittling or metal detecting ... This is a beautiful selection of poems, buy it, tell other people and yes, I’m jealous."


"The two-act structure of the pamphlet works well, with movement from violence in the first section to healing and new love in the second section... The illustrations that accompany the title pages of each section add to the sense of journey... where the opening section carefully and masterly lowers the reader into the cold and dark, the second section lifts the reader back."