Hadfield wins T S Eliot prize

<p>Jen Hadfield has won the 2008 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry with her second collection <em>Nigh-No-Place</em> (Bloodaxe).</p><p>The announcement was made last night (12th January). Valerie Eliot, the widow of T S Eliot, presented Hadfield with &pound;15,000 and each shortlisted poet with &pound;1,000. The news also came yesterday that shortlisted poet Mick Imlah has passed away at the age of 52.</p><p>Chair of the judges, poet laureate Andrew Motion, said: &quot;We are absolutely delighted that Jen Hadfield has won. <em>Nigh-No-Place </em>shows that she is a remarkably original poet near the beginning of what is obviously going to be a distinguished career.&quot; Hadfield won an Eric Gregory Award in 2003 and received a Scottish Arts Council Writer&rsquo;s Bursary to help her complete her first collection <em>Almanacs</em>, which was published in 2005.&#8232;<br /><br />Foyles&#39; Sion Hamilton said:&#8232;&#8232;&quot;The T S Eliot is probably the most important prize in English poetry. It gets good press, boosts sales, and has the biggest prize money. Part of its commercial success can be attributed to its simplicity&mdash;one prize for one collection, which helps focus public attention.&quot; She added, &quot;For the poet there is the pleasure of recognition too; the list of previous winners is very strong, it reads like a canon of contemporary English poetry.&quot;</p><p>Previous winners include Sean O&#39;Brien, Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy and Ted Hughes. </p><p>The full shortlist was: </p><p>Mick Imlah for <em>The Lost Leader </em>(Faber)</p><p>Moniza Alvi for <em>Europa</em> (Bloodaxe)</p><p>Peter Bennet for <em>The Glass Swarm</em> (Flambard)</p><p>Ciaran Carson for <em>For All We Know </em>(Gallery Books)</p><p>Robert Crawford for <em>Full Volume</em> (Jonathan Cape)</p><p>Maura Dooley for<em> Life Under Water</em> (Bloodaxe)</p><p>Mark Doty for <em>Theories and Apparitions </em>(Jonathan Cape)</p><p>Glyn Maxwell for <em>Hide Now</em> (Picador) </p><p>Stephen Romer for <em>Yellow Studio</em> (Carcanet).<br /></p>