A little-known poet who was turned down by a succession of publishers beat competition from several literary heavyweights, including the Nobel prizewinner Seamus Heaney, to win a prestigious literature award yesterday.John Haynes collected the poetry prize in the Costa Book Awards, formerly the Whitbread Book Awards, for Letter to Patience, set in a small, mud-walled bar in northern Nigeria at a time of political unrest. [...]
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