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Next Generation of 20 hotly-tipped poets announced by Poetry Book Society

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Women including Mercury music prize-nominated performance poet Kate Tempest lead charge of new authors predicted for great things in the coming years

From former heroin addict Sam Willetts to the hit performance poet Kate Tempest, they are the up-and-coming new poets who have been named as the Carol Ann Duffys and Simon Armitages of the future. The Poetry Book Society has released its once-in-a-decade list of Next Generation poets, which has in the past tipped names from Duffy and Armitage to Alice Oswald and Don Paterson for future success.

The 20 new names, said the poetry organisation which was founded by TS Eliot in 1953, are expected to dominate the poetry landscape of the coming decade. More than half of them are women, from Tempest, the 27-year-old south London performance poet whose spoken-word theatre show Brand New Ancients won her the Ted Hughes award for innovation in poetry last year, to 66-year-old Annie Freud. Daughter of Lucian Freud, she writes in her second collection, The Mirabelles: Do we need to know why the child is laughing? / Or indeed that she is the artists daughter? / Not in the least. // What matters is that we register her presence / with the greatest possible immediacy: / the inexplicable human gorgeousness.

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