Posted: 23 October 2012
The Poetry Book Society is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2012 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry.
Judges Carol Ann Duffy (Chair), Michael Longley and David Morley have chosen the shortlist from the record number of 131 books submitted by publishers.
This year's T S Eliot Prize shortlist is as follows;
Simon Armitage The Death of King Arthur (Faber)
Sean Borodale Bee Journal (Jonathan Cape)
Gillian Clarke Ice (Carcanet)
Julia Copus The World’s Two Smallest Humans (Faber)
Paul Farley The Dark Film (Picador)
Jorie Graham P L A C E (Carcanet)
Kathleen Jamie The Overhaul (Picador)
Sharon Olds Stag’s Leap Jonathan (Cape)
Jacob Polley The Havocs (Picador)
Deryn Rees-Jones Burying the Wren (Seren)
Chair Carol Ann Duffy said:
‘In a year which saw a record number of submissions, my fellow judges and I are delighted with a shortlist which sparkles with energy, passion and freshness and which demonstrates the range and variety of poetry being published in the UK.’
THE T S ELIOT PRIZE READINGS
The T S Eliot Prize Readings will take place at 7pm on Sunday 13 January 2013 at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The 2010 Readings were held in this venue for the first time and were a great artistic and audience-building success, attracting 2,000 poetry lovers, one of the biggest audiences for a single poetry event of recent times.
Tickets will be on sale from 24th October from Southbank Centre’s ticket office on 0844 847 9910 or go to http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk, with a 10% discount on the £15 and £12 prices on tickets sold prior to the end of November. For press tickets please contact Katie Toms on 020 7921 0926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE T S ELIOT AWARD CEREMONY
The winner of the 2012 Prize will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 14 January 2013, when the winner will be presented with a cheque for £15,000, donated by Mrs Valerie Eliot, who has generously given the prize money since the inception of the Prize. The shortlisted poets will each receive £1,000.
T S ELIOT PRIZE READING GROUPS
The T S Eliot Prize Reading Groups scheme will enable reading groups and individual readers to read the shortlist. Specially commissioned reading group notes, together with three poems from each shortlisted collection, will be made available to download from the PBS website. The scheme will target both poetry reading groups and fiction book groups.
T S ELIOT PRIZE SHADOWING SCHEME
The T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme, run by the Poetry Book Society in partnership with the English and Media Centre’s emagazine, will offer A level students a chance to engage with the latest new poetry by shadowing the judges and taking part in a writing competition.
The Prize is generously supported by the T S Eliot Estate.
This year marks the second year of generous three-year support from Aurum, a private investment management firm which manages funds for charities, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and private individuals, and which supports a range of charities.
Source: Poetry Book Society