DARTINGTON poet Alice Oswald has scooped £25,000 and becomes the first poet to win the international Warwick Prize for Writing 2013.
Alice was praised by literary judges for her 'imaginatively original' poem Memorial (Faber and Faber), which is a reworking of Homer's Iliad.
The biennial prize, launched in 2009, is an international cross-disciplinary award open to any genre or form of writing.
Alice said: "I'm very surprised and grateful, both to the judges and to Homer."
Professor Ian Sansom, chairman of the judges, said: "It was a unanimous decision to award the Warwick Prize for Writing 2013 to Memorial: this is a book that forges its own unique medium of expression."
Alice won the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2002 for her second collection of poetry, Dart. Her third collection, Woods etc, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize 2006, and, in 2009, she was awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Sleepwalk On The Severn, a poem for several voices set at night on the Severn estuary.
Alice lives in Dartington and is married with three children.