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Dannie Abse has died | 29-Sep-14

Tributes have been pouring in for Dannie Abse, the Welsh poet and author who managed to combine the writing life with that of a medical doctor, who has died at the age of 91.

In 2008 he won the Wales Book of the Year award for The Presence, a memoir of life after the death of his 78-year-old wife, Joan, in a car crash.

His first collection of poetry After Every Green Thing was published in 1948, and last year he published Speak, Old Parrot which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. A new collection, Ask the Moon is due to be published in February.

Obituaries can be read from The Guardian here:

and The Telegraph here:

He was one of the judges of this year's Forward Prizes for Poetry, the final judging meeting is taking place tomorrow, Tuesday 30th September, chaired by Jeremy Paxman.  The Forward Prizes have paid tribute stating that Abse's "taste, experience and advocacy will inform the final choices. We were lucky to have him with us."

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