TS Elliot Prize/William Blake/WW1 Poetry – Poetry News Roundup April 20th

Our final news round-up of the year takes a look at the judge’s panel for this year’s T.S. Elliot prize. We also have an article about an exhibition in a library in honour of William Blake and finally a museum in Petersfield planning an exhibition that will be opened with a reading of poetry by one of the poets of the First World War.

Chair of T.S. Eliot Prize Panel Announced

The chair for this year’s T.S Eliot prize has been announced as Sinead Morrissey.

Joining Morrissey on the panel are fellow poets Clare Pollard and Daljit Nagra. The task facing the panel is to look for the finest recent poetry collection published in this calendar year and written in English.

Poems can be submitted from June until early August for the prize, after which time the window of opportunity for this year will close.

Readings from some of the works on the shortlist for the prize will occur on 13thJanuary 2019 in the Royal Festival room at the Southbank Centre. The 1st place award of the T.S. Eliot prize 2018 will be unveiled at an award ceremony that will take place on 14thJanuary 2019. The first prize poet will win a £25,000 cheque and each of the poets on the shortlist will take home a cheque for £1500 – making this the richest prize in British poetry.

The winner of the prize in 2018 was Ocean Vuong for
and he has just secured a couple of very high profile deals for his debut novel. This was purchased by Penguin Press in the US and Jonathan Cape in the UK.

Life of William Blake Celebrated by Library

The Schaffer library at Union College in New York will be showcasing a rare collection of works that are related to William Blake , the English author, artist and poet, as well as student work on Blake in an exhibition that is set to open on 27thApril and run until the end of the summer.

There are also plans to launch a website that will be dedicated to Blake at the end of the month, not only will this showcase the work of the poet but also all students past and present who have had an engagement with his work. This will then allow the collection of works to be used for research purposes by other students in the future.

Petersfield Museum Plans Tribute to First World War Soldiers

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the Petersfield Museum has recreated a complete replica trench with fox hold and dugouts. The idea is that the life-size trench will give visitors to the museum a real taste of what life was like during the war.

In addition to the trench, there will also be an “In Memoriam” exhibition area which will feature around 500 poppies to represent the people from Petersfield and the surrounding area who lost their lives during the war.

This area will be opened in a special ceremony with a reading of poetry, letters and diary entries from Edward Thomas the war poet who died during the Battle of Arras in 1917.

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