Pascale Petit and John Haynes are shortlisted for the T.S Eliot Prize

21 October 2010 - 10:40am

Pascale Petit and John Haynes are shortlisted for the T.S Eliot Prize

21 October 2010 - 10:40am

Pascale Petit What the Water Gave Me and John Haynes You, have been shortlisted for the T.S Eliot Prize 2010.

Pascale Petit What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, her richly detailed and moving look at the life and work of the powerful Mexican painter.

John Haynes shortlisted collection You, is a beautiful book-length formal poem in celebration of his Nigerian-born wife that imagines scenes from her African childhood and recounts their courtship, their early days back in Britain, their children and her work as a nurse.

The T.S Eliot Prize for Poetry, is awarded by the Poetry Society to "the best collection of new verse in English first published in the UK or Republic of Ireland" in any particular year. The Prize was inaugurated in 1993 in celebration of the Poetry Book Society's 40th birthday and in honour of its founding poet, T.S Eliot.

On Sunday 23 January 2011 will be an evening for the shortlisted poets to read from their books at the Southbank's Royal Festival Hall, after a complete sell-out last year in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The winner will be announced on the Monday 24 January 2011 at the T S Eliot Prize award ceremony, which will be held in the Courtyard at the Wallace Collection. Eliot's widow, Mrs Valerie Eliot, will present the winner with a cheque for £15,000 and each of the shortlisted poets will receive a cheque for £1,000 in recognition of their achievement.

Pascale Petit and John Haynes will be reading on November 4th, 7pm at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. See more