Beautiful surprises: Liz Berry and Jonathan Edwards talk about winning the Forward and Costa prizes

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What would it be like to win a big poetry prize? All poets in their idle or wilder moments must wonder that. At Wenlock poetry festival on Saturday two recent prizewinners were on hand to tell us. Liz Berry, winner of last year’s Forward prize for best first collection, said she exclaimed on hearing the news: “What a beautiful surprise!” Jonathan Edwards, winner of the Costa poetry prize, was accompanied at the ceremony by his...

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