The annual prize-giving ceremony for the Forward Prizes for Poetry.
The prestigious prizes celebrate the best of the year’s poetry, honouring exciting new voices alongside established stars.
This year’s awards ceremony promises to be particularly lively, with a richly varied shortlist featuring writers united only in their skill at communicating news from elsewhere – the frontlines of war, of love and of consciousness – powerfully and memorably.
The prize-giving ceremony is introduced by Jeremy Paxman, who chairs a distinguished Forward Prizes jury including poet Dannie Abse and musician Cerys Matthews.
The readings – by shortlisted poets and celebrated actors – are directed by Samuel West.
The evening, described by the Financial Times as the ‘bardic equivalent of the Oscars’, also marks the publication launch of The Forward Book of Poetry.