Wednesday, January 3, 2007


The Poetry Book Society has announced the shortlist for this year's T. S. Eliot Prize, to be awarded to the author of the best new collection of poetry.

Now in its thirteenth year, the T. S. Eliot Prize is 'the prize most poets want to win' (Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate) and 'poetry's most coveted award' (The Times).


Tyrannosaurus Rex versus the Corduroy Kid by Simon Armitage [more]
Tramp in Flames by Paul Farley
District and Circle by Seamus Heaney [more]
Bad Shaman Blues by W. N. Herbert
After by Jane Hirshfield
The Blood Choir by Tim Liardet
Horse Latitudes by Paul Muldoon [more]
Swithering by Robin Robertson
Redgrove's Wife by Penelope Shuttle
Dear Room by Hugo Williams [more]

The winner of the Prize will be announced on Monday 15th January 2007, when the prize of £10,000 will be presented by Mrs Valerie Eliot. The T. S. Eliot Prize Readings will take place on Sunday 14th January 2007 at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC1. Tickets can be booked online at

Find out more at


The Poetry Book Society is delighted to announce the launch of the School Shadowing Scheme. Aimed at 14-19 year olds, the scheme will run for the first time this Autumn in conjunction with the 2006 T. S. Eliot Prize, and will enable students to shadow the judging panel as they deliberate on the shortlist.

Teachers will encourage their students to shadow the judges and to read some of the wonderful poetry which is not on the national curriculum, but which represents new work from the year’s best poetry collections.

For further information, please read the PBS press release.

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