Alert! Hugh Hodge received a Slug Award from Gus Ferguson at the launch of Karapaks 6 last night for his “selfless enthusiasm for and promotion of other poets and poetry”.
Hodge, who is wearing the medal he received in the picture here, is a poet; the editor of New Contrast magazine; and the convener of what is probably the country’s longest-running weekly poetry gathering, Off-the-Wall.
His bonnie silver medal is designed by writer and goldsmith/jeweller Mike Cope. To get a better look, click the photo above, choose “All Sizes”, then “Original”, and zoom in. Previous recipients of Slug Awards include: Patrick Cullinan, Evelyn John Holtzhausen, Helen Moffett, Marc Glaser, Ingrid Jonker (Trust), Niki Daly, Richard Murphy, Ingrid de Kok, Sujata Bhat, Margo Wallace, Moira Lovell, Tatamkhulu Afrika and Simon Winter.