Colette Bryce has been awarded a special prize in memory of Seamus Heaney as part of the the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Prize for her collection The Whole and Rain-domed-Universe.
The Prize was instituted in memory of the British Ambassador to Ireland who was murdered by the IRA in 1976 with the aim of promoting and encouraging peace and reconciliation in Ireland, a greater understanding between the peoples of Britain and Ireland, or closer co-operation between the partners of the European Community.
Speaking for the judges, Professor Roy Foster said of the poetry prize: ‘We also decided to award a prize in memory of Seamus Heaney, a good friend to the Prize, whose own work did so much to advance the causes for which it was founded. The strikingly assured, subtle and moving collection of poems by the Derry poet Colette Bryce constitute an utterly appropriate winner for this special award.’
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