See the most coveted poetry prizes in the British Isles awarded live on stage by jury chair Bidisha and writer Chris McCabe, and hear readings from the 15 shortlisted poets.
The Forward Prizes rank among the year’s great literary celebrations: this is an unmissable evening for anyone interested in the best new poetry published today.
This year's judges, Bidisha, Chris McCabe, Jen Campbell, Niall Campbell and Mimi Khalvati, read over 200 poetry collections and 180 single poems to find the most exciting poetry published across the UK and Ireland.
The three shortlists feature internationally celebrated names, such as the US Poet Laureate, Tracy K Smith, alongside emerging voices.
Shortlist for best collection Vahni Capildeo, J O Morgan, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Danez Smith and Tracy K Smith
Shortlist for best first collection Kaveh Akbar, Abigail Parry, Phoebe Power, Shivanee Ramlochan and Richard Scott
Shortlist for best single poem Fiona Benson, Liz Berry, Sumita Chakraborty, Jorie Graham and Will Harris