We are delighted to announce that Les Murray
's Waiting for the Past
and Tim Liardet
's The World Before Snow
have both been shortlisted for the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize!
Liardet, Professor of Poetry at Bath Spa University, was shortlisted for the prize back in 2006 with The Blood Chair
, while Murray actually won the 1997 Prize with Subhuman Redneck Poems
Chair Pascale Petit said "This is a fantastic year for poetry, with the highest amount of entries submitted in the history of the prize, and an exceptional number of outstanding collections, including many dazzling debuts. This made our task of choosing the shortlist tricky - many that didn't make it are books we love. But we were unanimous about our final list, the books my distinguished fellow judges and I picked all awed and excited us with their ambition, verve and technical mastery."
The winner of the 2015 Prize will be announced at the T S Eliot Prize Award Ceremony on Monday 11 January 2016, where the winning poet will be presented with a cheque for £20,000, donated by the T S Eliot Estate.
Well done Tim and Les!