Four Quartets Prize

The Poetry Society of America have announced The Four Quartets Prize, a new prize presented in partnership with the T.S. Eliot Foundation. The prize is for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in America in a print or online journal, chapbook, or book in 2016 and/or 2017.  READ

2017 T. S. Eliot Society (UK) Lecture

‘The man and woman who suffer in The Waste Land’ by Professor Ronald Schuchard, October 2017

Professor Ronald Schuchard is to give this year’s Annual T. S. Eliot Lecture in Cambridge on Monday 27th November at 7pm.

His subject is ‘The man and woman who suffer in The Waste Land’. READ

The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The War Years, 1940−1946


This month sees the publication of The sixth volume of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot covering The war years, 1940-1946. The volume, published online by The Johns Hopkins University Press, includes twenty-seven works that were previously unpublished and a further thirty-eight that were unrecorded in Donald Gallup’s bibliography and are likely to be unfamiliar to Eliot’s readers. READ

Shortlist Announced 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize

To mark the 25th anniversary of the T. S. Eliot Prize, the T. S. Eliot Foundation has increased the winner’s prize money to £25,000. Judges Bill Herbert (Chair), James Lasdun and Helen Mort have chosen the shortlist from a record 154 poetry collections submitted by publishers:


Tara Bergin – The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (Carcanet)

Caroline Bird – In these Days of Prohibition (Carcanet)

Douglas Dunn – The Noise of a Fly (Faber & Faber)

Leontia Flynn – The Radio (Cape Poetry)

Roddy Lumsden – So Glad I’m Me (Bloodaxe)

Michael Symmons Roberts – Mancunia (Cape Poetry)

Robert Minhinnick – Diary of the Last Man (Carcanet)

James Sheard – The Abandoned Settlements (Cape Poetry)

Jacqueline Saphra – All My Mad Mothers (Nine Arches Press)

Ocean Vuong – Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Cape Poetry)


Chair Bill Herbert said:

‘This was a very strong year, and it was a privilege to read so many books that possessed as well as intrigued us; our shortlist explores grief, pleasure, place and history in a formidable variety of ways.’

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2017 T. S. Eliot Lecture, Abbey Stage

The second of five annual lectures inspired by T. S. Eliot’s impact on modern literature.

Former U. S. Ambassador to the U. N., Samantha Power will give a lecture on the Abbey Stage, followed by an interview with Fintan O’Toole.

Bob Geldof will introduce the evening and Fiona Shaw will perform one of T.


Eliot in the Wartime Classroom, 1916–1919

On Tuesday 16 May 2017,  Ronald Schuchard gave the University of London International Programmes’ inaugural 1858 Charter Lecture, ‘Eliot in the Wartime Classroom, 1916–1919’. The lecture is reproduced here in full to coincide with the University of London’s publication of the lecture. READ

The New Yorker on Eliot House

In last week’s New Yorker Louis Menand wrote up his visit to Eliot House, destination of the Eliot family summers, purchased by the T. S. Eliot Foundation in 2015 and subsequently turned into a writers’ retreat. Read here for his thoughts on the house, and the Eliot Foundation’s programme more generally. READ

T. S. Eliot Festival 2017

Actor Jeremy Irons and novelist Ali Smith now head the line-up for this year’s T. S. Eliot Festival, to be held at Little Gidding on Sunday July 9th.

The Festival is held each year in the grounds of Little Gidding: a day of talks, readings and discussions, with the opportunity for visitors to see inside the church which inspired the last of Eliot’s Four Quartets. READ