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Join jury chair, celebrated novelist, columnist and activist Fatima Bhutto as she hosts the presentation of the UK and Ireland’s most coveted poetry prizes.

The Forward Prizes are an unmissable fixture on the literary calendar – a celebration for all who want to discover and enjoy the best contemporary poetry. 

All of the shortlisted poets are invited to read on the night: 

Best Collection – Kaveh Akbar (Pilgrim Bell), Anthony Joseph (Sonnets for Albert), Shane McCrae (Cain Named the Animal), Kim Moore (All the Men I Never Married), Helen Mort (The Illustrated Woman) 

The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection – Mohammed El-Kurd (Rifqa), Holly Hopkins (The English Summer), Padraig Regan (Some Integrity), Warsan Shire (Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head), Stephanie Sy-Quia (Amnion) 

Best Single Poem – Louisa Campbell, Cecilia Knapp, Nick Laird, Carl Phillips, and Claire Pollard  

This year’s judges – Fatima Bhutto, Rishi Dastidar, alice hiller, Nadine Aisha Jassat and Stephen Sexton – read more than 215 poetry collections and 192 nominated single poems to find the most exciting poetry published in the British Isles.

About Forward Prizes

Forward Prizes for Poetry are the most influential awards for new poetry in the UK and Ireland, honouring fresh voices alongside internationally established names. Learn more here


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  • Price
    £15 Full price | £12 Under 35 | £10 Concessions, plus 50% off with a Contact Membership
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Running
    2 hours 20 minutes, including a 25 minute interval
  • Genre
Date Time & Place
Monday 28 November 7:00pm