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Tonight is the Forward Prizes for Poetry - one of the biggest events in the poetry calendar and we can't wait!

This year’s judging panel is chaired by writer, critic, broadcaster and film-maker Bidisha. It includes PBS Vlogger, poet and author Jen Campbell, Mimi Khalvati, PBS Winter Recommendation Chris McCabe and Niall Campbell.

Here's a reminder of the shortlist to get you in the mood for an incredible evening of poetry.

Our Summer Choice Venus as a Bear by Vahni Capildeo features in the best collection shortlist, alongside Black Sun by Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Don't Call us Dead by Danez Smith, Assurances by J. O. Morgan and Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith.

Spring selections Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar and Shrines of Upper Austria by Phoebe Power rub shoulders with other debut collections Jinx by Abigail Parry, Soho by Richard Scott and Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting by Shivanee Ramlochan.

All of these titles are available through our website at 25% discount for members! Simply click on the titles to find them on our online store. 

The Forward Prizes for Poetry are the most coveted awards for poetry published in Britain and Ireland: they have played a key role in bringing contemporary poetry to the attention of the wider public for a quarter of a century. They were set up in 1991 by philanthropist William Sieghart to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience, and are awarded to published poets for work in print in the last year. The three prizes – £10,000 for Best Collection, £5,000 for Best First Collection and £1,000 for Best Single Poem – are unique in honouring both the work of established poets and the debuts of brilliant unknowns. Last year’s Forward Prizes winners were Sinéad Morrissey, Ocean Vuong and Ian Patterson.

Book your tickets HERE for the readings tonight at the Southbank Centre.


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