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Posted on October 15 2020

We're delighted to see so many recent PBS Recommendations on the shortlist for this year's £25,000 T.S. Eliot Prize which was revealed this morning.

The shortlist includes PBS Spring Choice Rendang by Will Harris and our Summer Choice Bhanu Kapil's How to Wash a Heart (Pavilion Poetry), alongside Summer recommendations Natalie Diaz's Postcolonial Love Poem (Faber), Shine, Darling by Ella Frears (Offord Road Books), Wayne Holloway Smith's Love Minus Love (Bloodaxe Books) and our Winter recommendation Daisy Lafarge's Life Without Air (Granta).

The shortlist also includes Sasha Dugdale's Deformations (Carcanet), J O Morgan's The Martian’s Regress (Cape Poetry), Glyn Maxwell's How The Hell are You (Picador Poetry) and Shane McCrae's Sometimes I Never Suffered (Corsair Poetry).

Chair of judges Lavinia Greenlaw, chose the shortlist from 153 collections submitted by British and Irish publishers and claimed: “My fellow judges, Mona Arshi, Andrew McMillan and I have been reading books written in a different world, the one before Covid-19. The urgency and vitality of the 10 books on this shortlist commanded our attention nonetheless. We were unsettled, captivated and compelled. Poetry is the most resilient, potent, capacious and universal art we have.”

The T.S. Eliot Prize is run by the T.S. Eliot Foundation and is the most valuable British poetry prize awarded £25,000 to the winner and £1,500 to each of the shortlisted poets. Last year’s winner was Roger Robinson’s A Portable Paradise (Peepal Tree).

PBS Members can shop the shortlist with 25% off. Simply click on the links above to order your copies.


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