18th annual Forward Prizes for Poetry

Monday 27 July 2009 0 responses

TWO Australians have made the shortlist for one of Britain's richest poetry prizes.
Peter Porter has been nominated in the £10,000 ($20,000) best collection category of the 18th annual Forward Prizes for Poetry for his Better Than God book of poems.
Porter is up against five other poets for the top prize, while compatriot Emma Jones is among six poets vying for the £5000 ($10,000) Felix Dennis Prize for best first collection.
Porter, who has lived in Britain for five decades, began his career in 1968 as a freelance literary journalist and reviewer. He has published 17 books of poems, plus four further volumes with the Australian painter Arthur Boyd.
Sydney-based Jones won the Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2005, Australia's largest prize for a single poem, and was appointed poet-in-residence for the Wordsworth Trust for 2009.

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