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7th annual TS Eliot Prize workshop: one day, ten poets

7th annual TS Eliot Prize workshop: one day, ten poets

13th January, 11am-4.30pm

Ten books. Ten poets. One day. (And what a day it is!)

The TS Eliot Prize Shortlist has been announced, and on 13 January, 2018 – the day before the ten poets shortlisted for one of the UK’s two most prestigious poetry prizes will read their work in the Royal Festival Hall – we’ll be meeting to review, read poem from, dissect, enjoy, and maybe even argue about every one of these ten books.

What are the ten books like? What are they about? Do they tell us anything about the state of British poetry? What are the themes and threads that run through them? What conclusions (if any) can we draw, and do we want to? What’s missing off the list? What do we love? Does it compare with the other big one, the Forward Prize? And who (not that prizes are the main thing; they really aren’t) do we think will win?

This lively reading-&-discussion session is a great chance to get to grips with ten books of the year in one intense, exhilarating day. Close readings, context and background info all mean you’ll come out with a good handle on the shortlist, whether you attend the big reading or not. (And if you are, as everyone who has ever done the workshop agrees, this workshop will transform and deepen that experience.)

You don’t have to buy anything, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve not read even one of the books. There will be copies there to look at.

We meet promptly at the Poetry School in Lambeth, as there’s (ahem) quite a bit to get through. We break for lunch (there’s a good cafe nearby, or you can eat in the room) and then unwind in the pub afterwards.

The fee is £60 and you’ll go home, I guarantee it, buzzing with poetry, and with at least two poems from each book in your bag.

Drop me a line to find out more or to sign up.

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