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Alice Oswald wins Ted Hughes award

31st March 2010

Alice Oswald has been named the winner of the inaugural Ted Hughes award for her collection Weeds and Wild Flowers.

The nature poet received the award's GBP 5,000 prize, which is funded by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy's yearly stipend from the Queen.

Seven works, including Jackie Kay's Maw Broon Monologues and New Selected Poems 1949-2009 by Dannie Abse, were shortlisted in the new award. Field Recordings: BBC Poems by Paul Farley, John Glenday's Grain and The Cinder Path by Sir Andrew Motion were the other nominated titles.

Oswald thanked Jessica Greenman for the illustrations which she created for Weeds and Wild Flowers and said Duffy's backing of the award shows how she is changing the role of the laureateship.

'I am of course deeply honoured to be given an award with Ted Hughes' name on it and I'm pleased that it's an award that dips beyond the mainstream into some of the more unusual poetic channels,' she added.

Recently, New Zealand poet and author C.K. Stead won The Sunday Times/EFG Private Bank Short Story Award for his 'Last Season's Man'.

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