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Christopher Reid 'almost guilty about Costa Award'

11th January 2010

Costa Award winning poet Christopher Reid has revealed that he almost feels guilty for being inspired by his wife's death.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the 60-year-old said that scooping the GBP 5,000 poetry prize last week was a 'bitter-sweet' triumph, as his winning title charts the death of his wife Lucinda Gane from brain cancer.

The collection - A Scattering - is made up of four poetic sequences which examine the final stages of her illness and the poet's life following her passing away.

Reid told the newspaper: 'There is an element of almost guilt, of ruefulness, that winning was born of what was the worst tragedy in my life.'

However, the poet added that he believes his wife would have been proud of A Scattering, as she was a 'demanding reader' who insisted that authors be completely honest in their writing.

A Guardian review of the collection praised its lack of self-pity and described it as a 'secular prayer of thanks'.

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