The Northern Irish poet Sinead Morrissey won the £ 10,000 Forward prize for best collection of poetry.
She received the award at a ceremony in London’s Royal Festival Hall for their sixth collection, On balance.
The Forward price is one of the most prestigious prizes in poetry, and among the former winners, Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy and Seamus Heaney.
The journalist and radio producer Andrew Marr chaired by 2017 Jury.’Beautifully written’
He said the poems in the balance sheet were full of energy.
“This is the letter to be successful right up to the edge, again and again.
“We were taken by the openness, the ability and the exuberance of this work.
“The Balance is a collection to hold the reader, and you go back, to come for a long time.”
The collection includes poems about the engineering achievements such as the construction of the Titanic, Lillian Bland ‘s plane and Marconi’s radio.
Born in County Armagh, Morrissey was appointed Belfast’s first poet laureate in 2013.
She was formerly a Professor of Creative Writing at Queen’s University in Belfast.
However, earlier this year, she has to leave town to take up a post as Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle.
Ms Morrissey is one of the leading British poet and won the TS Eliot prize 2014 for an earlier collection, Parallax.
The Belfast-based poet Michael Longley was also on the 2017 Prize shortlist for the best collection of Angel Hill to look Forward to.
Forward Poetry Prize
Two other prizes were also awarded – the Felix Dennis Prize for best first collection (£5,000) went to Ocean Vuong, for the night sky with Exit Wounds.
Vuong new voice has been praised by Marr as “a truly remarkable”.
“This exciting poet navigates different terrains-from the personal traumas of history and mythology, with a lot of skill and imagination,” he said.
Best single poem (£1,000) was won by Ian Patterson for a Lot of Nothing.
The poem “speaks to the reader with great force and dexterity. Both complex and bold, this is the kind of poetry inspired other poets, assume greater risks,” said Marr.