Ian Duhig wins £15,000 Hawthornden prize for literature

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Ian Duhig has been awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, worth £15,000, for his New and Selected Poems. The judges were Christopher Reid, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Neel Mukherjee, William Waldegrave and Caroline Moore.

Duhig said he “truly elated” to hear of the award, “not least because it was the first book of mine to have won any kind of prize. It’s a real boost and now I’m pushing three score years and ten, an encouragement to keep writing. I would like to think it is also an encouragement to other writers who started late, like me, to feel they can still grow and learn and be recognised for that.”

He won the 2001 Forward Best Single Poem Prize for ‘The Lammas Hireling’, which was the title poem of his first Picador collection in 2003. His other works are The Bradford Count (1991); The Mersey Goldfish (1994); Nominies (1998), all for Bloodaxe; The Speed of Dark (2007); Pandorama (2010); and The Blind Roadmaker (2016).

 

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