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Sinead Morrissey's On Balance Shortlisted for Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

No Text It's another shortlist for Sinéad Morrissey's On Balance! We're over the moon that her most recent collection has been shortlisted for the 2018 Roehampton Poetry Prize, as part of such a strong shortlist. The prize is given for the best poetry collection of the year written by a poet of any nationality who is currently living in the UK, and is open to any collection of poetry in English, or first translation of a collection, not previously published in the UK.

The 2018 Prize is judged by Fiona Benson and Nathalie Teitler, and chaired by Professor David Harsent (Chair of the Roehampton Poetry Centre and winner of the 2014 TS Eliot Prize).

Announcing the shortlist, Professor Harsent said: "The shortlist for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018 is a testament to the strength and diversity of both the poetry community in this country and to the work currently being produced. Compiling the shortlist was, for the judges, a task that looked easy but proved difficult. Easy, because the collections we finally selected are outstanding: each, in its own way, sure in its skill and compelling in its vision. Difficult, because so many of the books submitted for the prize were by fine poets whose work made its own strong and unignorable claim. Shortlists are always a close call. In the end it was these six books that most held our attention, most excited us, moved us, and impressed us with the risks they took, with their sureness of touch, and the depth of feeling they provoked in the reader."

The shortlist in alphabetical order (by author):

Kayo Chingonyi: Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus)

Sinéad Morrissey: On Balance (Carcanet)

Pascale Petit: Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe)

Robin Robertson: The Long Take (Picador)

Hannah Sullivan: Three Poems (Faber)

Ahren Warner: Hello, Your Promise Has Been Extracted (Bloodaxe)

The prize is valued at £5,000 and the winner will be announced in May. Visit the prize's website here.

No Text Sinéad Morrissey was born in 1972 and grew up in Belfast. She read English and German at Trinity College, Dublin, from which she took her PhD in 2003. She has been a contributor to PN Review since 1994. Her five collections are There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996), Between Here and There (2002), The State of the Prisons (2005), Through the Square Window (2009) and the T S Eliot Prize-winning Parallax (2013) all of which are published by Carcanet Press. She has lived in Germany, Japan and New Zealand and now lectures in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University, Belfast. She is Belfast's inaugural Poet Laureate.

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