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Sinead Morrissey wins the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2017 | 25-Sep-17

Northern Irish poet Sinead Morrissey won one of the most coveted prizes in poetry this week, taking home the Forward Prize for Best Collection for On Balance (Carcanet). She was presented with the £10,000 prize by jury chairman Andrew Marr at the prize-giving ceremony at Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 21 September.

The prize for Best Single Poem went to Ian Patterson, for his elegy to his late wife, the writer Jenny Diski. The Plenty of Nothing is dedicated in memoriam to Diski, who died in 2016. Patterson said he started writing the poem two days before she died and finished it in the days afterwards. 

"The Plenty of Nothing speaks to the reader with great force and skill. Both complex and bold, this is the kind of poetry that will inspire other poets to take greater risks," said Marr, announcing Patterson as winner of the £1,000 award. 

Ocean Vuong won the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for his work Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Cape Poetry). Vuong, a Vietnamese-born writer who spent a year in a refugee camp before moving to America at two years old, took home the £5,000 prize. Marr praised the poet as "a truly remarkable new voice". 

Read more about the 2017 nominees and winners on the Forward Arts Foundation website


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