A first look at Eliot’s pocket diaries


T. S. Eliot’s diaries from the 1930s


Included in T. S. Eliot’s personal papers is a collection of appointment diaries – small leather-covered pocket diaries which could fit in the breast pocket of a suit jacket or coat; some of them still have an accompanying pencil tucked in. READ

Four Quartets Prize finalists announced

The Poetry Society of America have announced the three finalists for the inaugural Four Quartets Prize, which is to be awarded to 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

Performance of The Waste Land

First performed in 2015 as part of the Beckett Festival, now revived as part of the Mountains to Sea literary festival in 2018 by kind permission of the T. S. Eliot Estate, this performance remains true to the rhythms and references of 1922. READ

Tickets for the T. S. Eliot Prize readings

Get your tickets for the fabulous T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist Readings, to be hosted by Ian McMillan, with all ten poets expected to read:  Tara Bergin, Caroline Bird, Douglas Dunn, Leontia Flynn, Roddy Lumsden, Michael Symmons Roberts, Robert Minhinnick, James Sheard, Jacqueline Saphra and Ocean VuongIn the Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall at 7pm on Sunday 14 January www.southbankcentre. READ

First broadcast of ‘Practical Cats’

This Christmas sees the 80th anniversary of the first broadcast of a selection of T. S. Eliot’s Practical Cats poems. The poems, which weren’t published until almost two years later, were read by Eliot’s friend, Geoffrey Tandy – a writer, broadcaster and scientist who worked at the Natural History Museum. READ

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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