Poetry Society Member Ellen Cranitch on Heaney First Collection shortlist

Ellen Cranitch
Ellen Cranitch

The shortlist for the Seamus Heaney Centre’s First Collection Poetry Prize has been announced and includes Poetry Society Member Ellen Cranitch.

Ellen is a poet, journalist and teacher. Her prize-winning poetry is published by Templar and Carcanet Press and in many periodicals and magazines. She has taught at the University of St Andrews, City University and University College London. She lives in London where she’s a regular reviewer and interviewer for Poetry London and POEM International magazines. Previously Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University, she now works as Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hull. ellencranitch.com

Also on the list are Foyle Young Poet Richard Osmond and 2017 Foyle judge and SLAMbassador Kayo Chingonyi, alongside Wayne Holloway-Smith and Miriam Nash.

The Shortlist

Heaney First Collection Shortlist 2018

Kayo Chingonyi, Kumukanda, Chatto & Windus
Ellen Cranitch, The Immortalist, Templar Poetry
Wayne Holloway-Smith, Alarum, Bloodaxe Books
Miriam Nash, All the Prayers in the House, Bloodaxe Books
Richard Osmond, Useful Verses, Picador Poetry

The winner will be announced on 3 July 2018.

The Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize is awarded to a writer whose first full collection has been published in the preceding year, by a UK or Ireland-based publisher. The winning writer receives £5,000 and is invited to read at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University. For this they receive travel, accommodation, and a $1,000 honorarium.

This year’s judges are Professor Edna Longley (critic and Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University Belfast), Professor Gerald Dawe (writer and Fellow Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin), Doireann Ni Ghriofa (poet and Fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre).

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6 June 2018