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Northern Ireland's Morrissey wins Eliot poetry prize

Published on Jan 14, 2014 7:59 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Northern Irish poet Sinead Morrissey won Britain's prestigious T.S. Eliot prize on Monday for Parallax, a collection that explores the nature of reality and includes a poem inspired by watching a film while giving birth.

Morrissey, who is the first poet laureate of Belfast and had been shortlisted for the prize on three previous occasions, will receive an award of 15,000 pounds (S$31,000).

"I'm so delighted, it's a dream come true," she told Reuters after the prize was announced at a ceremony held at London's Hertford House, the home of the Wallace Collection of art.

Morrissey, whose winning collection examines the difference between perception and reality, said she had no explanation for why Northern Ireland, also the birthplace of late Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney, was a fertile breeding ground for poets.

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