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2009 Forward Poetry Prize

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 09 October 2009

Ian McMillan talks to the winners of the 2009 Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection and Best First Poetry Collection, Don Paterson and Emma Jones.

Rain by Don Paterson and The Striped World by Emma Jones are published by Faber.

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