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Top Heaney award is won by The Lotus Gait poem

By Staff Reporter

This year's Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing has been presented to Glen Wilson for The Lotus Gait.

The award was presented at The Seamus Heaney HomePlace close to the Nobel poet laureate's home. It was handed over at the launch of Matter, the Community Arts Partnership's latest annual anthology of poetry which features poets from right across Northern Ireland.

Special guests, celebrated local poets, Frank Ormsby and Moyra Donaldson, announced the fourth winner of the award in the Helicon Performance Space.

The runner-up was Turtle by Matthew Rice and commendations were awarded to Emma McKervey's poems Aleph to Taf and Laundry.

Community Arts Partnership chief executive Conor Shields said: "Glen Wilson's poem exemplifies both the lyrical elegance and depth of craft being produced locally. Glen, like Stephanie Conn and Marilyn McLaughlin before him, will undoubtedly experience the advancement that such an award provides."

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