LONDON — Shetland-based poet Jen Hadfield has won the T.S. Eliot prize and joins the likes of Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney as winner of the prestigious poetry award.
The relative newcomer, who was seen as a surprise winner, collected the prize and £15,000 for her second collection of poems, Nigh-No-Place.
“ Nigh-No-Place shows that she is a remarkably original poet near the beginning of what is obviously going to be a distinguished career,” said Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, who chaired the panel of judges.
English-born Hadfield wrote Nigh-No-Place in Shetland, off the north coast of Scotland, and in Canada.