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Forward Prize for Poetry shortlist unveiled

14th July 2011

The shortlist for the 2011 Forward Prize for Poetry has been unveiled, with six writers in contention for the GBP 10,000 award.

Sean O'Brien, who has won the award three times, is shortlisted once again for his collection November, with another previous winner, David Harsent, in contention with Night.

Clavics by Geoffrey Hill, Michael Longley's A Hundred Doors, Voices Over Water by Dennis Nurkse and John Burnside's Black Cat Bone complete the shortlist for the award, the winner of which will be announced on October 5th.

This year's judging panel is chaired by Andrew Motion, who said the 2011 shortlist contains 'confirming and liberating' works.

'We're pleased that contemporary poetry is as strong today as when we began,' added William Sieghart, chairman of the Forward Arts Foundation, which launched the prize in 1992.

Last year's Forward Prize for Poetry was won by Seamus Heaney for his acclaimed collection Human Chain.

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