2018 T. S. Eliot Lecture with Stephen Pinker, Abbey Theatre, Dublin

The third of five annual lectures inspired by T. S. Eliot’s impact on modern literature will be given by Stephen Pinker, one of the world’s leading authorities on language and the mind and Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard.  The lecture, entitled Pessimism in a World of Progress, will be followed by an interview with Will Self. READ

World premiere of Four Quartets performance

Four Quartets – a performance of dance and music, alongside a reading of the poems – premiered last week at Bard College’s Summerscape festival in New York. This was the first authorised performance based on T. S. Eliot’s sequence of poems with choreography by Pam Tanowitz, music by Kaija Saariaho, images by Brice Marden and a reading of Four Quartets by Kathleen Chalfont. READ

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

T. S. Eliot becomes a British citizen

 

 

‘I have applied for Naturalisation and been accepted, having pulled a few strings with the Home Secretary’ – T. S. Eliot in a letter to his brother, 25th October 1927.

 

On the 2nd of November 1927 T. S. READ