TS Eliot Prize attracts a cloud of poets
The poetry collections of ten poets are in competition for The TS Eliot prize, which honours the year's outstanding collection with an award to the poet of £15,000. The prize is donated by TS Eliot's widow, Valerie Eliot, who presents it.
Last year's reading of poetry was so popular, it has been moved to a larger hall. Nine of the ten poets will take the stage tomorrow at Southbank's Royal Festival Hall.
The poets include Seamus Heaney with his collection Human Chain; Simon Armitage with Seeing Stars; Annie Freud with The Mirabelles; John Haynes with You; Pascale Petit with What the Water Gave Me; Robin Robertson with The Wrecking Light; Fiona Sampson with Rough Music; Brian Turner with Phantom Noise; Sam Willetts with New Light for the Old Dark; and Derek Walcott with White Egrets.