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Hadfield Jen

Jen Hadfield

When Jen Hadfield was awarded an Eric Gregory Award in 2003, for her first manuscript, Almanacs, published by Bloodaxe in 2005, she used it to explore her Canadian citizenship, travelling from Nova Scotia to the West Coast, and up into the Arctic Circle on an epic roadtrip, a journey that launched her on her second collection about geographic and emotional badlands Nigh-No-Place. She returned to Shetland to live in 2006. Shetland landscape and language continue to influence Jen's poetry and visual art, and the Shetland community to support her emotionally, socially, professionally.

Nigh-No-Place was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2007 and won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry in 2008.