Discover the pleasures of poetry with the T S Eliot Prize reading groups
Poetry was recently described by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy as ‘a necessary and nourishing part of our lives’. The Poetry Book Society wholeheartedly agrees and we’d like to offer you the chance to engage with the best in contemporary poetry through the T S Eliot Prize reading groups. The scheme is based on the shortlist for the 2011 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. We hope to encourage fiction reading groups to try poetry, using the work of the poets shortlisted for the Prize.
The judges, Chair Gillian Clarke, Stephen Knight and Dennis O’Driscoll, will meet in mid October to decide on the ten-book shortlist, which will be announced on Thursday 20 October. From that day, reading groups will be able to download a biography and photo of each poet and three poems from their book, together with reading group notes on the poems, from www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/13. The PBS website will offer readers the opportunity to vote for their favourite poet online, the result of which will be announced at the award ceremony.
Generous reading group discounts will also be available. Readers can also sign up for a weekly email which will cover the ten poets in turn and keep them up-to-date with news on the Prize.
There will also be a prize draw for tickets for the celebratory T S Eliot Prize Readings in the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank on Sunday 15 January 2012. The 2010 Readings were a great success, attracting one of the biggest audiences for a single poetry event of recent times.
The PBS is keen to encourage fiction groups to give poetry a go, so, to help you on your way, the poems will be available to download from the site so that you can incorporate them into your reading plans. You can also order books from the PBS if you wish to explore any of the poets in more depth. In addition, we’ll be providing helpful advice on how to set up and run a poetry reading group.
The winner of the 2011 T S Eliot Prize will be announced at the award ceremony on Monday 16 January 2012, when Mrs Valerie Eliot will present the winner with a cheque for £15,000. The shortlisted poets will each receive £1,000.
The four Poetry Book Society Choices from 2011 are automatically shortlisted for the Prize. This means we already know that Night by David Harsent (Faber), November by Sean O’Brien (Picador), Profit and Loss by Leontia Flynn (Jonathan Cape) and Armour by John Kinsella (Picador) will be on the shortlist.
The T S Eliot Prize was inaugurated in 1993 to celebrate the Poetry Book Society's 40th birthday, and to honour its founding poet. Now in its nineteenth year, the T S Eliot Prize is the ‘world’s top poetry award’ (Louise Jury, The Irish Independent). The Prize is awarded annually to the writer of the best new poetry collection published in the UK or Ireland. It is unique as it is always judged by a panel of established poets and it has been described by Sir Andrew Motion as ‘the Prize most poets want to win’. Last year’s winner was Derek Walcott, for his collection White Egrets (Faber).
Founded by T S Eliot and friends in 1953, the Poetry Book Society is a unique poetry organisation which provides its members with its Poet Selectors’ choice of the best new poetry books. The PBS has two websites; an online bookshop (www.poetrybookshoponline.com) offering 90,000 poetry books and CDs, including the Poetry Archive recordings, together with a wide range of poetry news, articles, reviews, information and events listings, and the PBS website, www.poetrybooks.co.uk, which has a special members’ section and houses the PBS’s projects, including the T S Eliot Prize and its Shadowing and reading group schemes.
For further information please go to www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects
or contact: Hilary Davidson or Chris Holifield at the Poetry Book Society
To The Worcestershire Writers
Our 100-word story competition was such a hit when we launched it last
year that we’ve decided to do it all over again.
So come on all you budding authors out there: this is your chance for
publishing glory and a shot at £1,000 prize money—as long as you can
write a compelling story in just 100 words, that is!
Send your entries, which should be original, unpublished and exactly
100 words long to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2012.
Please mark your entry “adult”.
For some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing, and initiate
some brainstorming at your next book club, visit:
to see last year’s winning and commended stories, as well as five
submissions from famous authors, which we feature in the October issue
of Reader’s Digest.
We look forward to reading your submissions,
Dear Poetry Fans
Another in our limited series of autumn info-mails about poetry organisations (the highly-regarded Cinnamon Press, in this instance) who’ve agreed to mail news of our Fifth Troubadour International Poetry Prize to their poets and supporters, helping to support both poetry in general and, in particular, our ongoing mission to keep poetry alive and lively at London's longest-running and best-loved literary landmark venue...
For news of our Troubadour autumn readings, classes, and full prize details, see www.coffeehousepoetry.org
Anne-Marie Fyfe (Organiser)
coffee-house poetry at the troubadour
About Cinnamon Press
Cinnamon Press is an innovative, international small press, publishing quality poetry and fiction. Our books have won or been shortlisted for major awards, including two books from winners of our twice-yearly writing competitions being short-listed for the Forward Prize for best first collection.
You can find out more about Cinnamon Press and see a selection of our titles, including the poetry journal, 'Envoi', now in its 54th year, at our website www.cinnamonpress.com We currently have some great special offers on our new titles buy one of our newest books and for only £1 extra we will add a second book in the same genre, p+p included.
If you'd like to hear our writers perform their work we have a series of launches and events, many in London, the full programme is available at www.cinnamonpress.com/events/
The Cinnamon Press Writing Awards run twice each year with cash prizes and publication opportunities for poets (first collection), novelists and short story writers. The next deadline is November 30th 2011 and you can find full guidelines at www.cinnamonpress.com/competitions
We also have a rolling programme of mini competitions - just £3 to enter and leading to publication in our regular anthologies. You can find out about the latest mini competition on the competitions page of the website.
For those looking for support for their writing we run two courses each year at the beautiful Ty'n y Coed Farm in North Wales and also offer mentoring in association with Triskele Writes, a co-operative of three writer/tutors. You can find out more at www.cinnamonpress.com/writers-services/
We also have a regular newsletter to keep our readers informed of special offers, competitions, courses, events and more. If you'd like to be added simply send your email address to email@example.com
For readers who want the best and writers who want to succeed see www.cinnamonpress.com
Just to remind you why you should be forwarding your best poems to the Troubadour Poetry Prize by Monday week:
- Top prize £2,500 thanks to generous sponsorship from Cegin Productions;
- You've up to Mon 17th Oct to submit (e-mail or post, payment via PayPal or cheque);
- Both judges will read all poems submitted;
- Prizewinners notified by Mon 21st Nov;
- Prizes awarded at Troubadour Prize Night on Mon 28th Nov;
- Results posted on www.coffeehousepoetry.org next day;
And, of course, you'd be helping keep literature live at London's longest-running and best-loved poetry venue.
Looking forward to lots more submissions over next two weeks.
And good luck!
Please could you draw the attention of your members to the following:
THE H. E. BATES SHORT STORY WRITING COMPETITION 2011
Write us a short story on the subject of your choice.
* The competition is open to all writers.
* Entries must be no longer than 2000 words in length.
* 1st Prize £150; 2nd Prize £100; 3rd Prize £50
Special prize for the best story written by a Northamptonshire writer £50
(not awarded if the story has won 1st,2nd,or 3rd Prize)
In addition, a prize of £50 will be awarded for the best story by a writer who is
under 18 years old on the closing date for entries.
The entry fee is £4 for each story submitted - or £1 for each story submitted by
an Under 18 writer. Entrants are invited to submit as many stories as they wish.
The judging panel will comprise members of the Northampton Writers' Group.
We are delighted to announce that Katie Fforde will be the Head Judge. Katie is
the author of the best-selling books Summer Of Love, A Perfect Proposal, Living
Dangerously, and much else.
Closing date for entries is Thursday 1st December 2011.
Prizes will be awarded at a prize giving ceremony in the new year.
Date and venue to be announced.
There is no entry form. Simply send your story (typed please) with a first sheet
giving your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and title of story
(plus date of birth if entering the Under 18 competition) to H.E.Bates Competition,
19 Kingswell Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 6QB. Please mark the envelope
"f.a.o Nick Hamlyn". Include a cheque (made out to N.Hamlyn) or a postal order.
Alternatively, you may e-mail your story in Word format, complete with a first sheet
as described above, to firstname.lastname@example.org and pay by PayPal. In this case,
we will invoice you on receipt of your story.
Please note that stories will not be returned, so keep a copy!
Further info and full rules available at www.hebatescompetition.org.uk
Dear Poetry Fans
Just to remind everyone, well in advance, that Coffee-House Poetry's Autumn 2011 programme starts with a Salmon Press poetry evening on Monday 17th October. Hope to see lots of you there for an exciting start to a great season!
mon 17 oct: celebrating thirty years of 'salmon poetry'
with julian stannard, lorna shaughnessy, todd swift, nessa o'mahony, alan jude moore, noel monahan, anne le marquand hartigan, (ed.) jessie lendennie and guitarist henry fajemirokun
Inspired by the Salmon of Knowledge in Celtic mythology, Salmon Press was established in Galway in 1981 as an alternative voice in Irish literature, and has published 300 volumes of poetry over the past 30 years.
- Julian Stannard (see poem below) taught English & American Lit. at University of Genoa for many years - 'The Parrots of Villa Gruber Discover Lapis Lazuli' (2011) completes his Genoese trilogy;
- Lorna Shaughnessy has published translations of contemporary Mexican poetry - most recent poetry collection, 'Witness Trees'(2011);
- Todd Swift lectures in creative writing at Kingston University and is Oxfam poet-in-residence, collections include 'Seaway: New & Selected Poems' (2008);
- Nessa O'Mahony won the National Women's Poetry Competition - her verse-novel 'In Sight of Home' was published in 2009;
- Alan Jude Moore has been short-listed twice for the Hennessy Prize; his third collection is 'Strasbourg' (2011);
- Noel Monahan's fifth Salmon collection is 'Curve of the Moon' (2010) - his poetry is now prescribed text for Leaving Certificate English;
- Anne Le Marquand Hartigan's seventh collection will be 'Unsweet Dreams: Poems of Laughter, Wit and Sex' (Oct, 2011) - her prose includes Clearing The Space, the Why of Writing (1996);
- Salmon Poetry co-founder/editor Jessie Lendennie has edited anthologies, and a book of essays, 'Poetry: Reading It, Writing It, Publishing It' (2009) - latest poetry collection, 'Walking Here' (2011);
- with music from singer/guitarist Henry Fajemirokun.
'THE SEABIRDS OF PIMLICO HANKER AFTER SAPPHIRES'
I had a crazy idea we could have a good time
so you're flying in from Italy on Alitalia
and I'm booking a room in Edward Lear's old house
all sorted by my promiscuous credit card.
Then I take you to the Gay Hussar in Greek Street
where you can say anything you like
and because we're having a good time
I smile and offer you some Schnitzel.
Later, after I've paid the bill without flinching
we take a taxi to a discreet point on the Thames
where a boat is waiting full of elegant people.
It's a beautiful, limpid night and the orchestra
seems Welsh somehow. They're playing jazz but
they also throw in several Lieder. Everyone looks
good and so do you and apparently I do too
and before you know it we're dancing on the deck
a little Cole Porter and some Bunky Green
and our luminous children are following the boat
like mermaids but in actual fact they're boys
with your looks and my intelligence but
I close my mouth because the captain of the boat
deserves to live, the glittering orchestra deserves to live
and our earthly boys are hauling themselves
onto the deck as if they were part of an advert
and they see their parents dancing cheek to cheek
and before you know it we're sitting round a table
and the waiter's bringing audacious cocktails.
It feels so good it feels like cocaine but it isn't.
It feels as if all the Carabinieri and all the lawyers
have turned into seabirds flying off to Pimlico
and although it would be crazy to talk of love
the whole of London's lit up like a beating heart.
First Prize in: Fourth International Troubadour Poetry Prize 2010
Anne-Marie Fyfe (Organiser)
coffee-house poetry at the troubadour
life, literature and the pursuit of happiness...
in the famous Troubadour cellar-club:
London's liveliest & best-loved poetry venue...
readings, mondays from 8 to 10 pm, tickets £7 concessions £6, season tickets 30% off...
classes, sundays 12-3.30 pm, £28 (concs. £24), advance booking only
cheques payable to Coffee-House Poetry, no credit cards
at 263-267 Old Brompton Road LONDON SW5
(no mail to this address, see correspondence address below)
nr. junct. Earls Court Rd & Old Brompton Rd
nearest Tube station: Earls Court (District & Piccadilly Lines)
for info, booking, season ticket & mailing list enquiries,
Anne-Marie Fyfe, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON, W4 1ZP