WHITBREAD BOOK AWARD 
FOR 
POETRY
1971-2003

The Whitbread Book Awards, established in 1971, aim to celebrate and promote the best of British writing. The winners of the Awards for Poetry, Biography, Novel and First Novel are selected in each case by a panel of three judges. The 2002 award for poetry was announced on January 8, 2003.

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2003 Don Paterson Landing Light
2002 Paul Farley The Ice Age
2001 Selima Hill Bunny
2000 John Burnside The Asylum Dance
1999 Seamus Heaney Beowulf
1998 Ted Hughes Birthday Letters
1997 Ted Hughes Tales from Ovid
1996 Seamus Heaney The Spirit Level
1995 Bernard O'Donoghue Gunpowder
1994 James Fenton Out of Danger
1993 Carol Ann Duffy Mean Time
1992 Tony Harrison The Gaze of the Gorgon
1991 Michael Longley Gorse Fires
1990 Paul Durcan Daddy, Daddy
1989 Michael Donaghy Shibboleth
1988 Peter Porter The Automatic Oracle
1987 Seamus Heaney The Haw Lantern
1986 Peter Reading Stet
1985 Douglas Dunn Elegies
1972-84 No Awards  
1971 Geoffrey Hill Mercian Hymns

 
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