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Alice Oswald takes £37,000 Griffin prize with 'breathtaking' poetry

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Falling Awake, already a much acclaimed collection, was cheered by 1,000-strong crowd at readings connected with the Canadian award

Alice Oswald has won one of the world’s richest poetry prizes with her latest collection, Falling Awake.

This dreamlike vision of the West Country carried off the 2017 International Griffin poetry prize, worth C$65,000 (£37,725). The same sum was also presented to the Vancouver poet Jordan Abel, who took home the Canadian prize with his long poem about cultural appropriation and racism, Injun.

Related: Falling Awake by Alice Oswald review – a dazzling celebration of nature

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