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Sinéad Morrissey shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Poetry Award

Prof. Morrissey's prize-winning collection is shortlisted for this prestigious prize

We're excited to announce that Prof. Sinéad Morrissey's sixth collection of poems, the Forward-prize winning On Balance, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Poetry Award. 

Set against a backdrop of ecological and economic instability, On Balance revisits some of the great feats of human engineering to reveal the states of balance and imbalance that have shaped our history. The poems also address gender inequality and our inharmonious relationship with the natural world. 

Judges, Moniza Alvi, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, and Nicholas Wroe, said: ‘This collection appropriately strikes a balance between technical mastery and range and depth of enquiry.’

The winner of the Costa Poetry Award will be announced on 2nd January 2018. They will then go on to compete for the £30,000 Costa book of the year prize, which will be announced on 30th January 2018. 

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