The T S Eliot Poetry Prize 20th Anniversary Tour starts next week, with visits to Portsmouth, Winchester and Oldham. The line-up for each gig is incredible, with three Eliot Prize shortlisted poets reading alongside a local poet.
The tour kicks off at the David Russell Theatre at Portsmouth Grammar School on 17 September
, with readings from George Szirtes
, who won the Prize with Reel
in 2004 has been shortlisted several times (and will be this year for Bad Machine
, which was a PBS Choice in Spring 2013); W N Herbert
, twice shortlisted for the Eliot Prize and whose dual-edition Omnesia
was a PBS Recommendation in Spring 2013; Tim Liardet
, who was shortlisted for the 2006 Prize with Blood Choir
; and local poet Maggie Sawkins
, co-founder of Tongues & Grooves Poetry and Music Club which meets monthly in Southsea.
The event is in association with Portsmouth BookFest and The Portsmouth Festivities. The pre event drinks reception starts at 7pm and the first reading starts at 7.30pm. Copies of the participating poets’ work will be on sale for signing during the evening.
Tickets are on sale now from The Hayling Island Bookshop on 02392 466620.
The very next night, 18 September, the tour will visit the Discovery Centre in Winchester, and will feature David Harsent, shortlisted no less than four times for the Eliot Prize, most recently for Night; Annie Freud, shortlisted in 2010 for The Mirabelles; Daljit Nagra, shortlisted in 2011 for Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible…; and Stephen Boyce, who lives in Winchester and whose first full length collection, Desire Lines, was published by Arrowhead Press in 2010.
Tickets are £5 and available online
or on 01962 873603
On 19 September the tour visits Oldham Library, with Jen Hadfield, who won the Prize in 2008 with Nigh-No-Place; Jane Draycott, shortlisted for the Prize in 2009 with Over; Ian Duhig, who chairs this year’s judging panel and was shortlisted in 2003 for The Lammas Hireling; and Shamshad Khan, whose first collection Megalomaniac was published by Salt in 2007.
Tickets are £3, available from the library on 0161 770 8010/8016
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the line-up for this exciting series of live poetry readings and look forward to seeing you on tour!