Sinéad Morrissey Unanimous Winner of TS Eliot Prize 2014

Sinéad Morrissey Unanimous Winner of TS Eliot Prize 2014
We knew she was some hot talent after her appointment as Belfast's inaugural Poet Laureate last year, but Sinéad Morrissey appears to be on fire having joined the ranks of Sharon Olds and Carol Ann Duffy.

Last year was a damn good year for women writers. Awards and nominations came in a steady stream. We don’t want to count our chickens just yet, but 2014 has begun on a great note. Sinéad Morrissey‘s fifth poetry volume, Parallax, was the stand-out nominee for the panel.

According to the Wiki-gods, a “Parallax is a displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight”. Chair Ian Duhig said the collection is “as many-angled and any-angled as its title suggests.”

If, like us, these explanations leave you a little less than enlightened, Morrissey’s subjects and themes are distinctly accessible – childbirth, death and jigsaw puzzles.

it is the poet's fresh and shifting explorations of these familiarities that shoneIt seems it is the poet’s fresh and shifting explorations of these familiarities that shone. “Politically, historically and personally ambitious,” Duhig stated, Parallax is “expressed in beautifully turned language”.

Congratulations Sinéad!!