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Poetry readings

SOUTHBANK CENTRE: The Forward Prizes for Poetry 2017

On Thursday 21 September, hear readings from the ten collections chosen by the Forward judges from poetry published in the UK and the Republic of Ireland over the last 12 months.

Between the readings, see the nation's most coveted poetry prizes awarded live on stage.

Michael Longley, Emily Berry, Sinéad Morrissey, Tara Bergin and Nuar Alsadir are up for the £10,000 Best Collection Award, while books by Ocean Vuong, Nick Makoha, Eric Langley, Maria Apichella and Richard Georges are in the running for Best First Collection. The Best Single Poem prize shortlist features Malika Booker, Mary Jean Chan, Harmony Holiday, Ishion Hutchinson and Ian Patterson.

Now in their 26th year, the Forward Prizes for Poetry are dedicated to heralding fresh new voices as well as honouring famous names. This year's judges are Andrew Marr, Ian Duhig, Mona Arshi, Sandeep Parmar and Chris Riddell.

An anthology of the year's best poetry is compiled from the poems entered for the Forward Prizes.

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