The T S Eliot Prize Shortlist Readings will take place on Sunday 11 January 2015 in Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. The shortlist readings are the largest annual poetry event in the UK. Tickets are now available to purchase via the Southbank Centre website.
The winner of the 2014 Prize will be announced at the award ceremony on Monday 12 January 2015, where the winning poet will be presented with a cheque for £20,000, donated by the T S Eliot Estate. This continues the tradition started by Mrs Valerie Eliot, who gave the prize money from the inception of the Prize. The shortlisted poets will each receive £1,500.
The T S Eliot Prize Reading Groups scheme will enable reading groups and individual readers to read and discuss 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.
Last year's winner was Sinéad Morrissey for her collection Parallax (Carcanet). The judges were Ian Duhig (Chair), Imtiaz Dharker and Vicki Feaver.
The Prize is very generously supported by the T S Eliot Estate, which has increased its support this year to become sole sponsor of the Prize.
In autumn 2013 the PBS completed a nationwide T S Eliot Prize 20th Anniversary Tour, taking shortlisted and prize-winning poets to ten venues across the country. See the blog and accompanying short film at http://poetrybooksoc.wordpress.com.