Sunday 24 September 2017

Irish poet wins TS Eliot prize

WINNING the TS Eliot Prize is hardly a 'matter of life and death'. But a film of that name inspired Sinead Morrissey to pen a collection that finally secured the UK's most prestigious poetry prize for Belfast's first poet laureate, writes Adam Sherwin.

Last night the Poetry Book Society announced that Dr Morrissey, previously shortlisted on three occasions, had won the most lucrative award in British poetry for 'Parallax', a collection exploring the artificiality of art. Her poem 'A Matter of Life and Death' was inspired by the 1946 film starring David Niven, which she saw while going into labour with her first child.

Dr Morrissey, who lives in Belfast with her American husband and two children, collected the £15,000 (€18,000) prize at the ceremony held in the Courtyard of the Wallace Collection in London. (© Independent News Service)

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