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Tara Bergin and Sinéad Morrissey shortlisted for Forward Prize

We are delighted that Newcastle University's own Tara Bergin and Sinéad Morrissey have both been shortlisted for Best Collection in the 2017 Forward Prize.

The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx is Tara Bergin's second collection. The poems draw on folksong, fairytale and theatrical monologue as Bergin explores the alluring and sometimes tragic consequences of translation. When she committed suicide in 1898, Eleanor Marx (daughter of Karl Marx, pioneering sociologist, and translator of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary) imitated Flaubert’s heroine, Emma. Both women, in their own ways, died passionate deaths, and Bergin’s poems are concerned with intense love, intense grief. The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx is published in July by Carcanet.

Set against a backdrop of ecological and economic instability, Sinéad Morrissey’s sixth collection, On Balance, revisits some of the great feats of human engineering to reveal the states of balance and inbalance that have shaped our history. The poems also address gender inequality and our inharmonious relationship with the natural world. Sinéad will be joining us as Director of the NCLA this summer. On Balance was published in May by Carcanet.

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted poets. The full shortlist can be found on the Forward Arts Foundation website.

published on: 22 June 2017