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JEAN SPRACKLAND TO CHAIR 2022 T. S. ELIOT PRIZE JUDGING PANEL

JEAN SPRACKLAND TO CHAIR 2022 T. S. ELIOT PRIZE JUDGING PANEL

 

The T. S. Eliot Foundation is delighted to announce the judges for the 2022 Prize. The panel will be chaired by Jean Sprackland, alongside Hannah Lowe and Roger Robinson

The 2022 judging panel will be looking for the best new poetry collection written in English and published in 2022. The prize is unique in that entrants are judged by their peers; the panel always consists of established poets.

Jean Sprackland said:

The T. S. Eliot Prize is a vibrant and vital part of our poetry culture, and it’s an honour to act as chair of judges this year. Of all the pleasures involved, there are two I’m particularly excited about. First, the time spent reading, and the view that will offer of the poetry being written now, in all its breadth and variety. And second, the joy of sitting down with Hannah and Roger – two poets I greatly admire – and sharing our discoveries together.

The call for submissions will go out in June, with the submission window closing at the end of July.

Following the retirement of Chris Holifield at the end of June, the T. S. Eliot Foundation is also pleased to announce that Mike Sims has been appointed as Director of the T. S. Eliot Prize as from 1 June.

Mike Sims said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of managing such a celebrated and successful award as the T. S. Eliot Prize. It has had an unerring knack of bringing the very best poetry collections to the fore since it was founded in 1993 by the Poetry Book Society, and now under the careful guardianship of the T. S. Eliot Foundation. It has been in excellent hands throughout the decades, thanks to Chris Holifield. I look forward to following her example in the years ahead.”

Chris Holifield said: “It has been a been a privilege and a pleasure to run the T. S. Eliot Prize for twenty years, fourteen of them for the Poetry Book Society and six under the aegis of the T. S. Eliot Foundation, and to play a part in its growth in influence and prestige.”

 The 2022 T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist Readings will take place on Sunday 15 January 2023 at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall (tickets on sale later this year). The shortlist readings are the largest annual poetry event in the UK.

The winner of the 2022 Prize will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 16 January 2023. The T. S. Eliot Prize continues to be the most valuable prize in British poetry – the winning poet will receive a cheque for £25,000 and the shortlisted poets will be presented with cheques for £1,500.

Last year’s winner was Joelle Taylor’s C+nto and Othered Poems and the judges were Glyn Maxwell (chair), Caroline Bird and Zaffar Kunial.

For more information on this year’s judges visit the T. S. Eliot Prize website at http://tseliot.com/prize/the-t-s-eliot-prize-2022/judges/.

Joelle Taylor’s C+nto & Othered Poems wins 2021 T. S. Eliot Prize

The T. S. Eliot Foundation is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2021 T. S. Eliot Prize is Joelle Taylor for C+nto & Othered Poems, published by The Westbourne Press.

Chair Glyn Maxwell said:

Every book on the shortlist had a strong claim on the award. We found it extremely hard to choose between ten superb collections. The arguments towards the end were passionate and thoughtful, but the choice of the judging panel is Joelle Taylor’s C+nto and Othered Poems, a blazing book of rage and light, a grand opera of liberation from the shadows of indifference and oppression.

After months of further reading, Judges Glyn Maxwell (Chair), Caroline Bird and Zafffar Kunial chose the winner from a shortlist which consisted of an eclectic mixture of established poets, none of whom has previously won the Prize, and relative newcomers. The list comprises one debut collection; work from six men and four women; one American; one poet from Ireland; as well as poets of Zambian and mixed-race ancestry, including Jamaican-British and Jamaican-Chinese.

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author who has published four collections of poetry: Ska Tissue (Mother Foucault Press, 2011), The Woman Who Was Not There (Burning Eye Books, 2014) and Songs My Enemy Taught Me (Out-Spoken Press, 2017). She founded SLAMbassadors, the UK’s national youth slam championships, for the Poetry Society in 2001 and was its Artistic Director and National Coach until 2018. She is the host of London’s premier night of poetry and music, Out-Spoken, currently resident at the Southbank. She has published three plays and a collection of short stories, The Night Alphabet, will be published in 2021. As an educator she has lead workshops and residencies in schools, prisons, youth centres, refugee groups, and other settings.  C+nto & Othered Poems was published in 2021 by The Westbourne Press. http://joelletaylor.co.uk/index.html

Glyn Maxwell announced that Joelle Taylor was the winner of the 2021 T. S. Eliot Prize at the award ceremony at the Wallace Collection in London on Monday 10th January. On 9th January nine of the poets read to a hybrid international audience in a fantastic evening of poetry. The broadcast version will be available for seven days on demand from the Southbank Centre  https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/literature-poetry/ts-eliot-prize?eventId=863500

Joelle will receive the prize money of £25,000 and each shortlisted poet will receive £1,500 in recognition of their achievement in winning a place on the most prestigious shortlist in UK poetry.

The T. S. Eliot Prize is run by The T. S. Eliot Foundation. It is the most valuable prize in British poetry. It is the only poetry prize which is judged purely by established poets. The 2021 judging panel was looking for the best new poetry collection written in English and published in 2021.

This year’s Prize also continues the collaboration between the T. S. Eliot Foundation and the Poetry Archive. The T. S. Eliot Prize Winners’ Archive presents a celebration of the Prize and going forward each winner will be inducted into the Archive, so that their voice will be preserved and made available for posterity online.

The T. S. Eliot Prize YouTube site with hundreds of videos by shortlisted poets is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiFYerr-EK6Xkys5kh6tZ1Q/videos

The weekly T. S. Eliot Prize newsletter has provided essential background on the shortlisted poets, including links to specially-commissioned new videos, readers’ notes and reviews. To look at past newsletters or subscribe go to:

tseliot.com/prize/subscribe-to-the-t-s-eliot-prize-newsletter/.

Last year’s winner was Bhanu Kapil’s How to Wash a Heart and the judges were Lavinia Greenlaw (chair), Mona Arshi and Andrew McMillan.

2021 T. S. ELIOT PRIZE SHORTLIST CELEBRATES ‘TEN BOOKS THAT SOUND CLEAR AND COMPELLING VOICES OF THE MOMENT’

Judges Glyn Maxwell (Chair), Caroline Bird and Zaffar Kunial have chosen the 2021 T. S. Eliot Prize shortlist from a record 177 poetry collections submitted by British and Irish publishers.

The shortlist consists of an eclectic mixture of established poets, none of whom has previously won the Prize, and relative newcomers. The list comprises one debut collection; work from six men and four women; one American; one poet from Ireland; as well as poets of Zambian and mixed-race ancestry, including Jamaican-British and Jamaican-Chinese.

Raymond Antrobus             All the Names Given            Picador
Kayo Chingonyi                    A Blood Condition                Chatto & Windus
Selima Hill                             Men Who Feed Pigeons     Bloodaxe
Victoria Kennefick               Eat Or We Both Starve       Carcanet
Hannah Lowe                       The Kids                                Bloodaxe
Michael Symmons Roberts    Ransom                                 Cape Poetry
Daniel Sluman                      single window                       Nine Arches Press
Joelle Taylor                          C+nto & Othered Poems    The Westbourne Press
Jack Underwood                  A Year in the New Life        Faber
Kevin Young                          Stones                                    Cape Poetry

Glyn Maxwell said:
‘We are delighted with our shortlist, while lamenting all the fine work we had to set aside. Poetry styles are as disparate as we’ve ever known them, and the wider world as threatened and bewildered as any of us can remember. Out of this we have chosen ten books that sound clear and compelling voices of the moment. Older and younger, wiser and wilder, well-known and lesser-known, these are the ten voices we think should enter the stage and be heard in the spotlight, changing the story.’

The T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist Readings will take place on Sunday 9th January 2022 in the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall as part of its literature programme. The shortlist readings are the largest annual poetry event in the UK and will be hosted once again by Ian McMillan. Tickets for the Readings in the Royal Festival and the simultaneously streamed event are now on sale from the box office: 0203 879 9555 (Open from 10am – 2pm Monday to Friday)
Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk. For press tickets please email press@southbankcentre.co.uk.

The winner of the 2021 Prize will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 10th January 2022, where the winner and the shortlisted poets will be presented with their cheques.

The T. S. Eliot Prize is run by The T. S. Eliot Foundation. It is the most valuable prize in British poetry – the winning poet will receive a cheque for £25,000 and the shortlisted poets will be presented with cheques for £1,500. It is the only major poetry prize which is judged purely by established poets. The 2021 judging panel are looking for the best new poetry collection written in English and published in the UK or Ireland in 2021.

The weekly T. S. Eliot Prize newsletter will provide essential background on the shortlisted poets, including links to specially commissioned new videos, readers’ notes and reviews. To subscribe go to: tseliot.com/prize/subscribe-to-the-t-s-eliot-prize-newsletter/.

For more information on this year’s shortlist, visit the T. S. Eliot Prize website at https://tseliot.com/prize/the-t-s-eliot-prize-2021/shortlist/

Last year’s winner was Bhanu Kapil’s How to Wash a Heart and the judges were Lavinia Greenlaw(chair), Mona Arshi and Andrew McMillan.