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Former Refugee Ocean Vuong Wins the £25,000 T S Eliot Prize For Poetry

Vietnamese American writer Vuong was presented with a cheque for £25,000 at the ceremony at the Wallace Collection in central London on the 15th of January) for Night Sky With Exit Wounds.

Bill Herbert, chair of the judges, described Vuong as a “significant voice” and his collection as dealing “with the aftermath of war and migration over three generations”. “It is a compellingly assured debut, the definitive arrival of a significant voice,” Herbert said.

To honour 25 years of the prize, the T S Eliot Foundation has revealed a partnership with the Poetry Archive as well as a special postmark from the Royal Mail, celebrating Vuong’s win. A new collaboration between the foundation and the Poetry Archive will also celebrate the quarter-century landmark. 

The Royal Mail will be issuing a special postmark congratulating this year’s winner. The postmark will be applied to the majority of stamped mail that the company delivers to over 30 million addresses across the UK, which the T S Eliot described as “a wonderful boost for poetry”.

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