A reading group scheme launched this week might be of interest in your libraries.
Based on the T S Eliot Prize, the UK’s top poetry award, the reading group scheme was launched this week to coincide with the announcement of the ten-strong shortlist on 23 October. Three poems from each of the shortlisted poetry collections, together with reading group notes, ideas for discussion, a biography and photo of each poet are available to download from the Poetry Book Society’s website. There’s also an article on Setting Up a Poetry Reading Group and Who’s Afraid of T S Eliot? – some light-hearted suggestions on how to overcome your fear of poetry.
Reading group discounts are available and readers can 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 is also an opportunity to enter a prize draw for tickets to the T S Eliot Prize Readings in London in January 2013. Anyone interested can find out how their reading group can take part at www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/13/.
T S Eliot Prize shortlist announcement www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/4/