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It’s time to sharpen your poetry appetite, scan the poetry landscape and sample work by the names behind the poetry boom by ordering copies of the Forward Book of Poetry 2020.

This selection of the best poetry published in the British Isles in 2019 has been harvested from more than 200 collections and journals eligible for the Forward Prizes. The 50 highly commended poets featured include Carol Ann Duffy, Inua Ellams, Hugo Williams, Ann Wroe and Morgan Parker, plus, of course, the 15 poets on 2019’s Prizes shortlists.

The Forward Prize for Best Collection 
Fiona Benson • Niall Campbell • Ilya Kaminsky • Vidyan Ravinthiran • Helen Tookey

The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection
Raymond Antrobus • Jay Bernard • David Cain • Isabel Galleymore • Stephen Sexton

The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem
Liz Berry • Mary Jean Chan • Jonathan Edwards • Parwana Fayyaz • Holly Pester

The Forward Book of Poetry 2020 brings together the best poetry published in the British Isles in 2019, including great work shortlisted and commended in the 2019 Forward Prizes.

Order your copy from your local bookshop here.

In showcasing the range and ambition of today’s fresh voices alongside work by familiar names, this anthology is a perfect introduction to contemporary poetry.

‘As new audiences turn to poetry… the Forward Prizes support talent and encourage brilliance.’  Shahidha Bari, Chair of Judges, Forward Prizes for Poetry 2019.

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