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Double Forward Prize win for Carcanet!

No Text We're thrilled to announce a double Forward Prize win for the second year in a row! Last night at the 2017 Forward Prizes, hosted at London's Southbank Centre, Sinead Morrissey's On Balance was awarded the prize for Best Collection, plus Ian Patterson's 'The Plenty of Nothing', an elegy to his late wife, the writer Jenny Diski, published in PN Review 230, was awarded the prize for Best Single Poem.


Fellow Carcanet poet Tara Bergin's The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx was also shortlisted for Best Collection, while Eric Langley's debut Raking Light was shortlisted for The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, won by Ocean Vuong for Night Sky with Exit Wounds.

The category for Best Collection has been won by Carcanet poets in the past with Kei Miller's The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion claiming the prize in 2014 and Vahni Capildeo's Measures of Expatriation in 2016 (in addition to Sasha Dugdale's 'Joy' winning Best Single Poem in the same year), but 2017 was the first year we had a nomination in every category.

Chair of judges Andrew Marr described Morrissey's collection as 'writing that successfully comes right up to the edge, again and again. We were taken by the openness, the capacity and the exuberance of this work. On Balance is a collection that readers will keep, and go back to for a long time to come.' He also praised Patterson's poem as 'complex and bold...the kind of poetry that will inspire other poets to take greater risks.'


Congratulations Sinead and Ian!









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