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Dr John McCullough, creative writing lecturer wins major literary prize

John’s poetry collection, Reckless Paper Birds, has won this year’s £15,000 Hawthornden prize for literature.

The prize is awarded annually for a work published in the previous twelve months. Previous winners include V.S Naipaul, Graham Greene and Vita Sackville-West.

Announcing the win on his Facebook page John said that it had been a unanimous decision by the judges: “Not bad for a working-class boy from Watford, eh?

The collection had previously been shortlisted for the 2019 Costa Poetry Awards.

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Dr John McCulloughReckless Paper Birds

Kate Miller • July 24, 2020

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