The T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist

Following a well-attended public reading by all ten shortlisted poets (with Ruth Padel reading for Anne Carson), the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry will be awarded tonight. The shortlist is a lively mixture of familiar names and newer poets: Helen Mort is one of the youngest nominees in the prize’s history, for her first collection Division Street, while Dannie Abse, at 90, is surely the oldest (nominated for his new volume Speak, Old Parrot). Our pick of the list is Parallax by Sinead Morrissey, distinguished by its lightly-worn formal tightness, cohesion and clear vision.

At the Time of Partition

Moniza Alvi
Reviewed by LRB

From the publisher:

This book-length poem by a leading British poet (born in Pakistan) is set at the time of the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, weaving a deeply personal story of ...


Sinead Morrissey

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The T S Eliot Prize-winning fifth collection of poems by the inaugural Belfast laureate, and one of Northern Ireland’s greatest female poets.

Division Street

Helen Mort

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE T.S ELIOT PRIZE 2013‘A stone is lobbed in ’84, hangs like a star over Orgreave.


Michael Symmons Roberts

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Winner of the 2013 Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection Winner of the 2013 Costa Poetry AwardShortlisted for the 2013 T. Eliot Poetry Prize Shortlisted for the 2015 ...

Bad Machine

George Szirtes

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One of several major British poets who took their work to Bloodaxe following the closure of OUP’s poetry list in 1999, George Szirtes has published seven books with ...