The winner, to be announced in January, will receive £25,000, while each shortlisted poet will receive £1,500.
“We are confident that all 10 shortlisted titles not only meet the high standards they set themselves but speak most effectively to, and of, their moment,” said Irish poet and judging chair Paul Muldoon, a past winner of the prize. “If there’s a single word for that moment it is surely ‘disrupted’, and all these poets properly reflect that disruption.
“Shot through though they are with images of grief, migration, and conflict, they are nonetheless imbued with energy and joy,” he continued.
Although The Map of the World abounds in the tales half-told or hinted at for which Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s poetry is widely admired this book reaches further into the ways one might confront misfortune and disaster and the whole weight of history. So satisfying is the experience of this poet’s art a new collection of poems by her is an occasion for rejoicing.