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16
January
2024
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15:50
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Manchester poet wins prestigious TS Eliot Prize

The 91视频's has been named the winner of the UK鈥檚 most prestigious poetry award, the TS Eliot Prize.

Jason's collection Self-Portrait As Othello explores Black masculinity and immigrant identity. The Jamaican poet, who is a Senior Lecturer in Critical Theory & Creative Writing at the University's Centre for New Writing, was announced as this year鈥檚 winner during last night's ceremony at the Wallace Collection in London.

鈥淪elf-Portrait As Othello is a book with large ambitions that are met with great imaginative capacity, freshness and technical flair,鈥 said the judging panel, made up of the poets Paul Muldoon, Sasha Dugdale and Denise Saul.

Self-Portrait as Othello has rightly swept the board of poetry prizes in 2023 and the TS Eliot prize is the crowning achievement for this deeply intelligent, bold and captivating collection. We couldn鈥檛 be more delighted for Jason!

Dr Kaye Mitchell, Director of the Centre for New Writing

The award follows on from Jason winning the Forward Prize for Best Collection last October, and the book has also since been shortlisted for the Writers鈥 Prize.

The TS Eliot Prize shortlist also featured Centre for New Writing graduate Joe Carrick-Varty, who was recognised for his debut collection, More Sky.

Jason鈥檚 collection is published by Manchester-based Carcanet Press, a publisher with a long association with the University, through the John Rylands Research Institute Library, and is run by and , who also teach at the Centre for New Writing.

His first collection, Thinking With Trees, was . His non-fiction book, Scanning the Bush, will be published later this year.

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