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Kei Miller Shortlisted for Forward Prize 2014 for Best Collection

Kei Miller shortlisted for Forward Prize 2014

Kei Miller’s most recently published collection of poetry The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, published by Carcanet Press, has charted its way to the shortlist of the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection. 

Writer and broadcaster Jeremy Paxman, chair of the 2014 panel of judges spoke to the overall quality of this year’s shortlisted entrants.

“What you’re looking for is to be surprised: sometimes by the choice of subject, always by the quality of perception and above all by the language,” Paxman said, “There’s a whole pile of really good poems here.”

The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion is contending for the prize against All One Breath (John Burnside, Random House), The Whole & Rain-Domed Universe (Colette Byrce, Panmacmillan), Faithful and Virtuous Night (Louise Glück, Carcanet Press), and I Knew the Bride (Hugo Williams, Faber and Faber).

Along with accolades, the Forward Prize comes with a £10,000 purse. This year’s winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 and will join an esteemed company of former winners including Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Alice Oswald, Carol Ann Duffy and Kathleen Jamie. 

The Forward Arts Foundation also awards for Best First Collection (The Felix Dennis Prize, £5000) and Best Single Poem (£1000). 

The 2014 team of judges included three poets Vahni Capildeo (Utter), Dannie Abse (Speak) and Helen Mort (Division Street, a pint for the ghost) as well as singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews.

The announcement will be made at the Southbank Centre.