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Buddhist wins Keats-Shelley prize

29th October 2009

The winners of the Keats-Shelley Prize Awards 2009 include a Buddhist poet for the first time in the competition's history.

Set up in 1998 by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, the awards celebrate the best contemporary writers who use romanticism as their inspiration.

The theme for this year's event was 'find' and it was open to both poets and essayists.

This year's first prize for poetry was awarded to D. H. Maitreyabandhu for his The Small Boy and the Mouse.

Second and third place were scooped by Antoinette Fawcett with Where Places Exist and Josh Ekroy with Ted Smith.

Chairman of the judges, Professor Janet Todd of Cambridge University, told Book Trade: 'The judging panel found all the poems enjoyable this year.

'We read a selection of life-enhancing poems about suffering, caring and remembering; while a more surreal group of poems gave us dogs spouting Latin and lost hats scrambling together.'

Last year, John Gohorry, a 65-year-old poet from Hertfordshire, won the £3,000 poetry prize.

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