Renowned Derry poet Seamus Heaney has been shortlisted for a prestigious poetry award for his latest collection, ‘Human Chain.’
The Bellaghy-born poet, who was educated at St Columb’s College in Derry, is among those nominated for the TS Elliot Prize.
Mr Heaney is no stranger to the prize, having won it in 2006 for his collection, ‘District and Circle.’
Last year he picked up the Forward Poetry Prize for ‘Human Chain,’ which has been hailed by critics as among his best work.
One of the poems in the collection deals with Mr Heaney’s stroke and travelling by ambulance to Letterkenny hospital for treatment.
If he wins the prize for a second time, the county Derry poet will also pick up a cheque for £15,000.
The writer joins nine other poets on this year’s shortlist including Annie Freud and Simon Armitage. The TS Eliot Prize is organised by the Poetry Book Society, which was founded by Eliot in 1953.