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Sasha Dugdale shortlisted for T.S. Eliot Prize 2020

Thursday, 15 Oct 2020

Deformations by Sasha Dugdale We're delighted that Sasha Dugdale has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize with her new collection Deformations

The full shortlist is: 

Natalie Diaz Postcolonial Love Poem Faber & Faber

Sasha Dugdale Deformations Carcanet Press

Ella Frears Shine, Darling Offord Road Books

Will Harris RENDANG Granta Poetry

Wayne Holloway Smith Love Minus Love Bloodaxe Books

Bhanu Kapil How to Wash a Heart Pavilion Poetry

Daisy Lafarge Life Without Air Granta Poetry

Glyn Maxwell How the hell are you Picador Poetry

Shane McCrae Sometimes I Never Suffered Corsair Poetry

J O Morgan The Martian’s Regress Cape Poetry

 Lavinia Greenlaw said:

‘My fellow judges, Mona Arshi, Andrew McMillan and I have been reading books written in a different world, the one before Covid-19. The urgency and vitality of the ten books on this shortlist commanded our attention nonetheless. We were unsettled, captivated and compelled. Poetry is the most resilient, potent, capacious and universal art we have.’

 The T. S. Eliot Prize is run by The T. S. Eliot Foundation, and is the most valuable prize in British poetry - the winning poet will receive a cheque for £25,000 and the shortlisted poets will be presented with cheques for £1,500. It is the only major poetry prize which is judged purely by established poets. The 2020 judging panel are looking for the best new poetry collection written in English and published in 2020.

A huge congratulations to Sasha on this well deserved honour, and to all the other poets and presses on the list!  

Sasha Dugdale Sasha Dugdale has published five collections of poems with Carcanet, most recently Deformations in 2020. She won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2016 and in 2017 she was awarded a Cholmondeley Prize for Poetry. She is former editor of Modern Poetry in Translation and poet-in-residence at St John’s College, Cambridge (2018-2020).

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