The Word Thief

“Andrew Slattery, a rising Australian poet, won the Rosemary Dobson Prize in 2010 for a poem with powerful lines such as “bruised like a forceps baby”; “You keep old roads open by driving on the new ones” and “Death will come quickly like a cat jumping onto the bed”.
There was one problem: the lines were written by the late Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney and the American Beat poet Charles Bukowski.
Slattery was recently stripped of two other prizes after being found to have plagiarised dozens of poets including Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath.”

Yes, I plagiarised this true story from the local paper, the Sydney Morning Herald, a piece written by Literary Editor Susan Wyndham. And you can read the whole grubby story here: