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Three Carcanet poets on the T.S. Eliot Prize shortlist

Thursday, 19 Oct 2017

No Text We are thrilled to announce that Tara Bergin's The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx, Caroline Bird's In These Days of Prohibition and Robert Minhinnick's Diary of the Last Man are all shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize!

To mark the 25th anniversary of the prize, the T. S. Eliot Foundation has increased the winner’s prize money to £25,000.

Judges Bill Herbert (Chair), James Lasdun and Helen Mort have chosen the shortlist of ten collections from a record 154 poetry collections submitted by publishers. Joining Carcanet on the shortlist are books published by Faber, Jonathan Cape, Bloodaxe and Nine Arches.

Chair Bill Herbert said: “This was a very strong year, and it was a privilege to read so many books that possessed as well as intrigued us; our shortlist explores grief, pleasure, place and history in a formidable variety of ways.”

This is the richest prize in British poetry, with the winning poet receiving a cheque for £25,000 and the shortlisted poets each receiving £1,500. The Shortlist Readings will take place on Sunday 14th January 2018 in Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, and will be hosted once again by Ian McMillan. The winner of the 2017 Prize will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 15th January 2018, where the winner and the shortlisted poets will be presented with their cheques.

Congratulations Tara, Caroline and Robert!

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