After a dip in work, carpenter Adam White discovered his gift for poetry – and now his first collection is up for a major prize
Poetry and carpentry may seem worlds apart but for Adam White, shortlisted for a prestigious poetry award, both crafts require an apprenticeship and great attention to detail. White, a native of Youghal in Co Cork who is based in Normandy, is in the running for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection of Poetry, worth £5,000.
This prize is one of three categories in the Forward Prizes for Poetry competition. Previous winners include Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Thom Gunn and Carol Ann Duffy.
The 34-year-old’s collection of poetry, Accurate Measurements, was published in April by Doire Press, an independent publishing house in Galway. The book contains a number of poems that are about the intricacies of woodwork.