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Richard Meier wins Picador Poetry Prize | 27-Jan-11

Richard Meier has been awarded the Picador Poetry Prize 2010.

The prize was judged by Picador editor Don Paterson, poets Jon Stammers and Jackie Kay, and Guardian poetry editor Sarah Crown. It was awarded for a selection of poetry rather than a single poem. Meier will receive an advance and the collection will be edited by Don Paterson and subsequently published by Picador.

Don Paterson said of the decision:

"While there was so much to admire in the work of everyone on the shortlist, in the end it was Richard Meier's quiet strangeness, the uncanny precision of his ear, and the tenderness and clarity of his address that made us want to read his poems again and again; and each time we returned to them we found there was more to discover, more to be moved by."

The other shortlisted poets were: Mir Mahfuz Ali, Gill Andrews, Kaddy Benyon, Alan Buckley, Beatrice Garland, Edward MacKay, Helen Mort, Andrew Sclater and Ben Wilkinson.

Richard Meier was born in 1970 and grew up in Surrey before studying music at Manchester University, gaining a Masters in Psychoanalytic Studies and writing a dissertation on Gerard Manley Hopkins. He now works in the policy department of a leading mental health organisation. His poems have appeared in 'The Reader', 'The Rialto' and 'Smiths Knoll', as well as the 2002 Oxford Poets Anthology. He lives in North London with his wife and daughter.

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