Leeds poet shortlisted for "bardic Booker" prize

Professor John Whale from the School of English has been shortlisted for one of the prestigious 2011 Forward Poetry Prizes, known as the “bardic Bookers”.

Professor Whale's debut collection, Waterloo Teeth, has earned him a place on the shortlist for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection.

The panel of judges, chaired by the former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, will announce the winners at a ceremony at Somerset House in London on 5 October, the eve of National Poetry Day. Previous prize winners include Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy, and Ted Hughes.

This year's ceremony marks the 20th anniversary of the prizes and will see the launch of a special anthology, "Poems of the Decade", featuring a selection of the best poems from the last ten years.

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