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Winner of the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2010 Announced | 01-Dec-10

Caribbean poet Christian Campbell was named as winner of the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2010 on Friday 5th November, at the 22nd Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, for his collection Running the Dusk (Peepal Tree Press).

Judge Jo Shapcott called the collection a "bravura performance... energetic, fluid and musical and full of loss, hope and imagination."

He responded to news of this win with: "I'm honoured to be a part of a moment of great energy and transformation in contemporary poetry in the UK.  It's very, very difficult for any young poet, and for any Caribbean poet, to get this level of recognition." Campbell was also shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. 

Jeremy Poynting, Founding Editor of Peepal Tree Press said: "Christian is a hugely talented poet; his patience in waiting until he had a collection he was really comfortable with is a model for all young poets. We always felt confident Running the Dusk would be recognised for its outstanding qualities - its wit and its warmth."

In addition to a £3,000 cheque, Campbell will read at next year's 23rd Aldeburgh Poetry Festival (4-6 November 2011), and have a week's protected writing time on the Suffolk coast.

For more information please visit www.thepoetrytrust.org.

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