Nick MacKinnon

Nick MacKinnon, winner of the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, worked as a psychogeriatric nurse in the early 80s before teaching Maths and English at Winchester College: both experiences inform his writing. He won the £5000 Hippocrates prize (NHS section) for a poem imagining the changing role of a psychiatric hospital from the point of view of a local landmark.  He spent his teenage years in Ardrishaig on the long finger of land that points at Ireland.

Watch Samuel West read The Metric System at the Forward Prizes 2013 Award Ceremony below