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Poet awarded prestigious prize

A University of St Andrews lecturer has been awarded a prestigious poetry prize for the second time.

Kathleen Jamie has won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, one of the UK’s most notable poetry prizes, for her recent collection of poems, Jizzen, published by Picador. This is the second time that Kathleen has won the Prize and she is one of a handful to have done so.

Kathleen, one of two creative writing lecturers within the University’s School of English said, “The award may not change your life financially but it reminds you that someone is listening – something that, as a poet, you can sometimes forget!”

The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award commemorates the life of the founder and first Chairman of Faber and Faber Limited. The Prize of £1,000 is awarded annually and is given, in alternate years, for a volume of verse and for a volume of prose fiction. This year’s judges were Giles Foden, Jamie McKendrick and Christina Patterson. Previous winners include Seamus Heaney, Will Self, Don Paterson and fellow University of St Andrews writers John Burnside and Douglas Dunn.

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Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07887 650072 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: kathleenjamie/standrews/chg/6june2000

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