Sean O'Brien scoops third major poetry prize.

Sean O’Brien, Professor of Creative Writing in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, has won the Forward Prize, for best poetry collection, for The Drowned Book.

The win means that Sean has now achieved a remarkable and unprecedented hat-trick of Forward Prizes for best collection, the most prestigious award for poets in the UK. He has been described as ‘legendary’ by the prize’s founder, while the Chairman of the judges called the book his ‘strongest collection to date’.

In what has turned into a remarkable year for Sean, he has also published his magisterial and acclaimed translation of Dante’s Inferno, won the Northern Rock Foundation Writer’s Award, and just 12 months ago, won another Forward prize for best single poem.

His colleague, Professor W N Herbert, said: ‘Not only is Sean indisputably one of Britain’s finest poets, he is also one of its hardest working’, adding that his work exemplifies the rare principle of fidelity, applied equally to social origin, political conviction and poetry as a craft and a vocation.

'He is both a moving elegist and a scabrous satirist and his work is, at its best, both tender and devastating. With this new collection, his own position as a modern master has been confirmed in the most exceptional manner’, said Professor Herbert.

Sean will be reading with Jackie Kay on Thursday 8 November in Culture Lab at 7.30 pm. Please contact melanie.birch@ncl.ac.uk for tickets.

published on: 16th October 2007