Our writers are well versed in winning top awards
In 20 years, five Northern Ireland poets have won the prestigious T S Eliot prize, the latest recipient being Belfast's first Poet Laureate Sinead Morrissey.
Given that one of those prize winners, Seamus Heaney, was also a Nobel Prize winner for Literature, it shows that this province punches well above its weight when it comes to verse.
Indeed, such is the depth of talent in this field of literature that it almost becomes self-perpetuating, each generation spurred on by the exploits of its predecessor.
Excellence begets excellence and so the cycle continues.
Congratulations to Sinead, who, we are confident, will continue to make an international impact.