The Poetry Book Society has announced the winner of the 2008 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry: Jen Hadfield for her second collection Nigh-No-Place. She wrote the poems whilst in Shetland and also travelling across Canada. According to The Guardian (Jen Hadfield wins TS Eliot prize for poetry) Hadfield is ‘a relative newcomer to poetry who has been widely praised for her passion and awareness of the natural world’.
Previous winners of the prize, created in 1993 by The Poetry Book Society (whose website appears to be ‘under construction’—but follow the link provided to The Poetry Bookshop Online), include Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy, Don Paterson and Ted Hughes.
Out of 90 books submitted by publishers, the winner was chosen from the following shortlist of ten titles:
Europa by Moniza Alvi
The Glass Swarm by Peter Bennet
For All We Know by Ciaran Carson
Full Volume by Robert Crawford
Life Under Water by Maura Dooley
Theories and Apparitions by Mark Doty
Nigh-No-Place by Jen Hadfield [WINNER]
The Lost Leader by Mick Imlah
Hide Now by Glyn Maxwell
Yellow Studio by Stephen Romer