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Liz Berry wins £30,000 Writers prize for novel in verse

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Liz Berry has won the £30,000 Writers’ prize, formerly known as the Rathbones Folio prize, for her collection The Home Child, a novel in verse inspired by the poet’s great-aunt, who at the age of 12 was forced to move from the Black Country to Canada as part of a child migrant scheme.

Liz Berry won the Forward prize for her debut collection Black Country. Her latest win was announced at the London Book Fair on Wednesday.

Last year the investment management company Rathbones stepped down as the prize sponsor, and this year the shortlist and winners were decided entirely by the Folio Academy, made up of more than 350 writers.



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