The nominees will give readings from their diverse range of poetry, before the prizes are awarded.
Famous Living Poets
The Best Collection award honours an already established and esteemed poetic talent. This year’s contenders include Alice Oswald and Denise Riley. To celebrate this being the 25th year of the Forward Prize, this prize has been increased to a £15,000 prize, with £1,000 being awarded to each shortlisted poet.
The Next Big Thing in Poetry
Then, then the most promising up and coming poets will be awarded with Best First Collection. Nominees include Nancy Campbell with Disko Bay and Ron Carey with DISTANCE.
Finally there's an award for the Best Single Poem, which includes 'i am very precious' from Melissa Lee-Houghton and 'Joy' by Sasha Dugdale.
Malika Booker, chair of the judging panel, said:
"This is an exciting time nationally and internationally for poetry. Last year we saw poets who are normally positioned at the margins taking centre stage. We saw traditional poets pushing against our rigid criteria of what constitutes a poem. Poets are experimenting, redefining and reconstructing their poetics. I have seen some amazing new collections hit the market place already and am therefore delighted to be able to read this year’s poetic offerings whilst chairing such a distinguished and talented cohort of Forward Prizes judges.”
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|What||The Forward Prizes for Poetry 2016, Southbank Centre|
|Where||Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
On 20 Sep 16, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
|Price||£16.75 (limited concessions available|
|Website||Click here to book via the Southbank Centre|