The 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize winners are Heavenly Questions by Gjertrud Schnackenberg and Ossuaries by Dionne Brand.
On Monday 31st, 2011, the Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings took place in downtown Toronto in the Telus Center for performance and learning.
The Shortlist Readings began with readings from the 2011 international shortlist which included:
- Human Chain by Seamus Heaney (Robin Robertson read poems from this book, Mr. Heaney was not present at the ceremony)
- Selected Poems by Adonis (read by the translator of the book, Mr. Khaled Mattawa)
- The Book of Snow by François Jacqmin (read by the translator of the book, Mr. Philip Moseley) and
- Heavenly Questions by Gjertrud Schnackenberg, read by its author
After the intermission a surprise: the French poet Yves Bonnefoy (b.1923) was presented with the Griffin Lifetime Recognition award - the address was delivered by Carolyn Forché.
The second part of the Readings included the Canadian shortlist, and the authors read from their books:
Here are some images from the venue:
267 Bloor St. West, Toronto, where the 2011 Griffin Prize Shortlist Readings were held
Irish novelist Colm Toíbín (right), one of the three judges for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize arriving at the Shortlist Readings.
The event is about to begin: