Thursday, 22 September 2016 07:59

Vahni Capildeo, an SJCPOS star shining brightly!

Vahni_Capildeo_2016_Forward_prize_winneSJCPOS alumni, poet Vahni Capildeo has won one of the most prestigious poetry awards in the UK and Ireland, the 2016 Forward prize for best poetry collection. Vahni’s collection Measures of Expatriation, explores ideas of belonging and of home.


Chair of the judges, Malika Booker, called her collection “a book you will forever be opening”, and noted that she, ‘is trying to articulate something quite hard to pin down and isn’t afraid to boldly take risks in language and layout.’

Vahni, who has an Oxford DPhil in Old Norse and has previously worked as a OED lexicographer, received the £15,000 prize at a ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London. She. She comes from a well-known Trinidadian family of politicians and writers, which includes Booker prize-winning novelist VS Naipaul.

Congatulations, Vahni, we are so proud of you!