Discover the pleasures of poetry with the T S Eliot Prize reading groups
For the third year running the Poetry Book Society ran a scheme for readers and reading groups based on the shortlist for the 2012 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Fiction reading groups were invited to try poetry, using the work of the poets shortlisted for the Prize whilst established poetry reading groups could tackle the complete shortlist. The judges, Chair Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Longley and David Morley, made their choices from 131 submitted collections. The ten strong shortlist was 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)
Reading groups and individual readers are invited to download three poems from each book, together with reading group notes on the poems, a biography and photo of each poet.
Generous reading group discounts are available as part of the scheme for anyone wishing to order books from our online bookshop.
Sign up for a special weekly T S Eliot Prize newsletter which will cover the ten poets in turn and keep you up-to-date with news on the Prize. Every month from the end of October the PBS will give a pair of tickets for the celebratory T S Eliot Prize Readings to a new newsletter subscriber selected at random.
The 2012 Readings in the Royal Festival Hall were a great success, attracting the biggest audience of the poetry year.
Download the Reading Group Notes
2012 T S Eliot Prize
More about the Prize
Last year's winner