T S Eliot Prize Tour recap – Glasgow, 30 September

  William Letford opened the reading in front of a hundred-strong audience in his characteristic generous manner that never fails to draw the audience in. Among the many highlights was the palpable recognition at the end of Letford’s poem ‘Wit Is It’. The setting might be everyday but the insight offered here, and the way…

PBS National Student Poetry Competition 2013

October 2013 sees the launch of the Poetry Book Society’s second annual National Student Poetry Competition. The only nationwide prize of its kind, last year’s inaugural Competition judged by George Szirtes saw entries from universities across the country, and the £100 first prize was scooped by Sophie Clarke from Oxford University. The prizes will be…

Jane Draycott on Reading in Oldham

Last week in Oldham’s airy, glass-walled library I read alongside the marvellous Ian Duhig, Jen Hadfield and Shamshad Khan (as part of the T S Eliot Prize 20th Anniversary tour). It was a great evening’s poetry with an attentive, appreciative audience and a warm, warm welcome which has got me thinking about what it meant…