T S Eliot Prize Tour recap – Durham, 12 October

Paul Batchelor opened proceedings with his poem ‘A Tawny Owl’ which showed off his aptitude for precision and clarity. This was followed by a long poem entitled ‘Brother Coal’ which, in its recollection of a childhood spent playing in a coal cellar, evoked the mining culture that is an important part of the history of…

T S Eliot Prize Tour recap – Liverpool, 11 October

Andrew McMillan kicked off the Liverpool leg of the T S Eliot Prize Anniversary Tour by launching straight into a poem in celebration of Liverpool, where he has lived since January. He followed this with ‘Leda to her daughters’, a poem written after a visit to Tate Liverpool, where a painting of Leda compelled him,…

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…