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2016 Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize is announced

The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize was established to commemorate the life and work of the late Vincent Buckley; poet, critic and Professor of English at The University of Melbourne. It is a biennial award that is offered alternately to enable an Australian poet to visit Ireland and to facilitate the visit of an Irish poet to Melbourne.

The Prize, which has been made available through generous donations from family and friends of Vincent Buckley, provides the recipient with a return airfare, and a contribution towards living expenses. The total value of the prize is approximately AUD$12,000.

 John MinihanThe 2016 winner is Irish poet James Harpur, Harpur submitted a collection of works from his upcoming book In Loco Parentis, an odyssey through boarding school. The book explores the growth of consciousness in an adolescent trying to survive an environment to which he is unsuited.

The judges stated 'James Harpur is an accomplished poet with a compelling narrative voice and unpretentious style. His forthcoming book chronicles family and institutional life in poetry that is alive to characters and the ways they can affect each other.'

Harpur intends to use his time in Australia to meet with writers and students, explore and respond to Australian landscapes and contemporary art collections and research Australian poet Charles Harpur, a likely ancestor.

Image: John Minihan