Sian Hughes wins the inaugural Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry

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Siân Hughes has won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for her debut collection The Missing. The announcement was made at a special reception hosted by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland during the British and Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference at Queen's University in Belfast.

Hughes' collection was shortlisted for Best First Collection in the Forward Poetry Prizes, shortlisted in the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The prize is the second significant Irish award for Salt, Will Stone won the Glen Dimplex Poetry Award in 2008 for his debut collection, Glaciation.

Salt will be soon be publishing a major anthology of Irish poetry edited by Chris Agee - The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland will be available in January 2011."We're utterly delighted with the prize," said Chris Hamilton-Emery, Director at Salt in London. "Hughes' book is a very significant achievement dealing unashamedly and powerfully with issues of bereavement and fraying relationships. It is serious writing of the highest order."

Source: Salt Publishing

Categories: Poetry Prizes

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