What a funny thing the David Cohen prize is. It's just awarded 40,000 pounds to Seamus Heaney. In its short life - it started in 1993 and Heaney is only the ninth winner - it has been awarded to three Nobel laureates. Let's take someone who has been awarded the literary world's highest possible public honour, with all its associated money and fame, and give them another prize. Great idea! They don't need it, but at least it'll make our prize seem prestigious.
I'm getting terribly cynical.
The prize was presented by the chair of the judges, our old friend, Andrew Motion.