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Niall Campbell wins Edwin Morgan Prize | 19-Aug-14

Niall Campbell's Moontide has won the £20,000 Edwin Morgan prize with 'joyous' evocation of Scottish island landscape.

Campbell, who is 29 years old and from the outer Hebrides, was awarded the £20,000 Edwin Morgan prize at the Edinburgh international book festival.

He was one of six shortlisted for the prize, which was set up this year to honour Scottish poets aged 30 or under. The bi-annual competition, which is funded by the Edwin Morgan trust and run by the Scottish Poetry Library, was judged by poets Stewart Conn and Jen Hadfield.

Hadfield said: "Campbell's light touch is a rarity in contemporary poetry. There's no complacency in reading his work, but the reader always knows they're in safe hands."

Conn described the poet as "a joyous wordsmith", adding: "His perceptions of the natural world, and that of myth, intervoven with insight into his workings as a poet, instil a recurring sense of wonder."

Moontide, published by Bloodaxe in April, has also been shortlisted for the Forward prize for best first collection. The Forward Prizes will be presented at the Southbank Centre on Tuesday 30th September. Book tickets here.

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