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Sinéad Morrissey Wins 2013 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry

By Harriet Staff

Sinead Morrissey

Congratulations Sinéad Morrissey! From The Telegraph:

Belfast’s inaugural poet laureate, Sinéad Morrissey, has won this year’s TS Eliot Prize for Poetry. It is the fourth time that she has been shortlisted for the £15,000 prize, considered to be the most prestigious poetry award in Britain.

Morrissey, born in County Armagh in 1972, won with her latest collection of poems, Parallax, which was also shortlisted for the rival £10,000 Forward Prize. She is the author of four previous collections.

Ian Duhig, chair of the judges, said: “In a year of brilliantly themed collections, the judges were unanimous in choosing Sinéad Morrissey’s Parallax as the winner. Politically, historically and personally ambitious, expressed in beautifully turned language, her book is as many-angled and any-angled as its title suggests.”

Duhig announced the winner at an award ceremony in the courtyard of the Wallace Collection on Monday evening.

The prize, presented annually by the Poetry Book Society, was funded by TS Eliot‘s widow, Valerie Eliot. Since her death in 2012, it has been supported by the trustees of the TS Eliot estate.

This year’s shortlist included ten poets, each of whom received £1,000. Morrissey beat off strong competition from two previous winners, Anne Carson and George Szirtes, as well as Michael Symmonds Roberts, who won the 2013 Forward Prize. [...]

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Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 by Harriet Staff.