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Armitage and Jacobson

Poet Simon Armitage has won the Keats-Shelley poetry prize for his single poem 'The Present', which was inspired by his search for icicles in 2008/09. Second prize went to Gill Learner for "The Power of Ice", with third prize going to Pat Winslow for "The Theatre at the End of the Pier". And, bizarrely, it emerges that Howard Jacobson's publisher, Bloomsbury, did not even submit his work, The Finkler Question, which went onto win the Booker. It's a good job that the judges can call in some works they feel should be on their list then.

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