Winners

2009
Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland in 1939. Death of a Naturalist, his first collection of poems, appeared in 1966, and was followed by many books of poetry, criticism and translation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, and won the Whitbread Book of the Year for The Spirit Level (1996) and Beowulf (1999). Human Chain, his last collection of poems, won the 2010 Forward Prize for Best Collection. He died in 2013. His translation of Virgil’s Aeneid Book VI was published posthumously in 2016.

Selected works

Beowulf

Translation

The Spirit Level

Poetry

Death of a Naturalist

Poetry

Beowulf

Translation

The Spirit Level

Poetry

Death of a Naturalist

Poetry