Congratulations to Jen Hadfield

The Poetry Book Society is delighted to announce that Jen Hadfield won the 2008 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry.  See Guardian Article. See Tobias Hill on the work of Jen Hadfield.

Judges Andrew Motion (Chair), Lavinia Greenlaw and Tobias Hill chose 10 collections from the 90 new books published in 2008 which were submitted by publishers. The shortlisted poets included Moniza Alvi (Bloodaxe), Peter Bennet (Flambard), Ciaran Carson (Gallery Books), Robert Crawford (Jonathan Cape), Maura Dooley (Bloodaxe), Mark Doty (Jonathan Cape), Jen Hadfield (Bloodaxe), the late Mick Imlah (Faber), Glyn Maxwell (Picador) and Stephen Romer (Carcanet). 

Andrew Motion said of the shortlist: “The ten books on the shortlist are all significant achievements in themselves – richly imagined, formally enterprising, emotionally intelligent and importantly varied. They also bear witness to the vitality of contemporary poetry as a whole, and make the prize an occasion for general congratulation.”

Throughout its 15-year history the Prize has been a much sought-after accolade; now, thanks to the generosity of Mrs Eliot, it is the largest cash award in British poetry. The winner will receive £15,000, increased from £10,000 in 2007. Each of the shortlisted poets will also receive a cheque for £1,000 in recognition of their achievement.

All the shortlisted titles can be ordered online from or by phone from the PBS on 020 7833 9247.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrew says:

    I love Jen’s poetry, she has a deft touch of phrase and line that reminds you that there are some great poets in the UK.

  2. Lisa says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us. This is a great result, women poets in the UK today are doing more than male poets, they are the voices pushing the form forward. So, go and buy a copy of Jen’s collection at:

  3. David says:

    I have Almanacs by her, that was a great collection too and should have got more recognition.

  4. Gonzo says:

    Great collection. Well deserved to win the TS Eliot. Jealous as hell, wish I could write like that and the money would come in handy too!

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