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Memory poet awarded 10,000 prize
George Szirtes
George Szirtes teaches at the Norwich School of Art and Design
Hungarian-born George Szirtes' collection of poetry has picked up the 10,000 TS Eliot Prize.

His book, Reel, was judged the best collection of new poetry published in the UK and Ireland.

He was handed his prize money by TS Eliot's widow Valerie at an award ceremony in London.

His work was described as "a brilliantly virtuosic collection of deeply felt poems concerned with the personal impact of the dislocations".

Chair of the judges, Douglas Dunn, said: "The judges were impressed by the unusual degree of formal pressure exerted by Szirtes on his themes of memory and the impossibility of forgetting."

The prize is awarded by the Poetry Book Society, which Eliot was a founder member of in 1953.

Previous winners include Ted Hughes, Don Paterson and Alice Oswald.

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