TS Eliot poetry prize winner set to take home £20,000

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TS Eliot poetry prize winner set to take home £20,000

One of the most coveted awards in poetry will be handed out this evening.

The winner of the TS Eliot prize will be announced in the West End.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the celebrated poet.

Poet Inua Ellams explains more about the nominees and who might walk away with the prize.


The judging panel have shortlisted 113 books submitted for the prize including:

  • Fiona Benson - Bright Travellers
  • John Burnside - All One Breath
  • Louise Glück - Faithful and Virtuous Night
  • David Harsent - Fire Songs Michael Longley - The Stairwell
  • Ruth Padel - Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth
  • Pascale Petit - Fauverie Kevin Powers - Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting
  • Arundhathi Subramaniam - When God is a Traveller
  • Hugo Williams - I Knew the Bride

The chair of the judging panel Helen Dunmore said:

"After reading more than a hundred poetry collections the three judges for this year's T S Eliot Prize were delighted - and excited - by the quality of the work submitted. Our shortlist reflects the musicality, mastery and ambition of these ten chosen poets. It's worth saying that while our discussions were searching, our decisions were in all cases unanimous. As one judge said when we surveyed the pile of shortlisted books at the end of our meeting: 'This is a box-set I'd love to have'."

Dan Freedman was live at The Wallace Collection where the ceremony was taking place.

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