Salt has three on Seamus Heaney Prize

<p>Three books published by Salt are on the shortlist for the inaugural Seamus Heaney Prize for a First Collection of poetry.</p><p>The winner will receive &pound;1,000 when the prize is awarded on Wednesday during the Contemporary British and Irish Poetry Conference at Queen&#39;s University, Belfast. Those shortlisted are Anne Berkeley&#39;s <em>The Men from Praga</em> (Salt), Sian Hughes&#39; <em>The Missing</em> (Salt), Lorraine Mariner&#39;s <em>Furniture</em> (Picador), Tom Mathews&#39; <em>The Owl and the Pussycat </em>(Dedalus) and Andrew Philip&#39;s <em>The Ambulance Box</em> (Salt).</p><p>Poet Michael Longley, who chairs the judging panel comprising poets Ciaran Carson and Sinead Morrissey, said: &quot;The entries were a good cross section of Irish and British poetry. They were serious and introspective, formerly alert and interested in shape and form. This is a great morale boost for the winner.&quot;</p><p>Heaney said: &quot;Positive responses to a first collection are important in a poet&rsquo;s publishing history. It is an honour to have my name associated with the prize and the outstanding work being done by the Poetry Centre which sponsors it.&quot;</p>