TS Eliot prize: poet Sarah Howe wins with ‘amazing’ debut

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TS Eliot prize: poet Sarah Howe wins with ‘amazing’ debut

The Guardian

Mark Brown, Arts correspondent

Sarah Howe, a fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute, could ‘change British poetry’. Photograph: Hayley Madden/FMcM/PA

Judges hail daring use of form in a collection that examines poet’s joint British and Chinese heritage

A new voice, who judges say “will change British poetry”, has won the TS Eliot poetry prize. Sarah Howe, a fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, was awarded the £20,000 prize for Loop of Jade, which explores her dual British and Chinese heritage.

Howe’s work – the first debut poetry collection to win the British prize since it was inaugurated in 1993 – triumphed over a particularly strong shortlist, which featured some of poetry’s biggest names, including Don Paterson, Claudia Rankine, Sean O’Brien and Les Murray

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