TS Eliot Prize poetry readings on tour – 30th Sept at the Mitchell

The T S Eliot Prize for Poetry 20th anniversary tour will visit Glasgow on 30th September.                                                         Eliot prize tour logo sml.JPG

For the first time ever, the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry is going on tour! Every year readings take place at the Festival Hall in London before the winner of the prize is announced. This year is the 20th anniversary of the prize and the Mitchell is delighted to be part of the national tour, with a brilliant lineup of poets:  Don Paterson, Kathleen Jamie and Robert Crawford have all previously won or been shortlisted for the prize and will be joined by new poet William Letford to read their work. The TS Eliot Prize is one of the world’s top poetry awards and was set up by the Poetry Book Society in 1993 in memory of its founding poet.

30 September, Mitchell Library 6-7.30pm, £5. Booking details on the Aye Write! website.

In association with Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival and the Scottish Poetry Library           SPL colour logo for pc sml.JPG



Literature’s newest prize – the Folio Prize

There’s a new prize on the literary scene. To quote from the website, The Folio Prize is “the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world. Its aim is simple: to celebrate the best fiction of our time, regardless of form or genre, and to bring it to the attention of as many readers as possible”.

Find out all about it on the website.


Friday Blog Feb 8 – Shadowing the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Today’s blog comes from The Reading Agency  – flagging up a great opportunity for reading groups. Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
Here at The Reading Agency we’re working with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013 – which celebrates an exceptional work of translated fiction, acknowledging the work of the author and the translator equally – and Booktrust on a reading group project.
We’re looking for 18 – 20 reading groups from across the UK who would like to:
     Shadow the Prize by reading and reviewing two of the shortlisted titles
     Attend a Readers’ Day all about translated fiction on Saturday 18 May at the Free Word Centre in London to vote for their favourite title, be part of author and translator discussions, see a translation duel and hear a talk from Prize judge and author Elif Shafak
Each participating reading group will also get the opportunity to be entered for a prize draw to go to the Prize Award ceremony. We’ll be able to provide you with free reading group sets of the shortlisted books and also a £300 contribution to each reading group’s travel expenses to the Readers’ Day so all group members can attend.
To be part of the project, reading groups need to fill out this form on our website by the 18th of February. For more information about the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Readers Project, please see our website.

Costa Book Awards – category winners announced

CostaFor the first time, a female author features in every category! The five successful authors will now compete for the 2012 Costa Book of the Year:

Husband and wife team Mary and Bryan Talbot jointly win the Biography Award for Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, an interweaving of two father-daughter  relationships (that of James Joyce with his daughter Lucia, and that of the author with her father, a James Joyce scholar) – the first graphic work ever to win a Costa Award. 

Hilary Mantel takes the Novel Award for Bring Up the Bodies [a brilliant book according to us here at the blog] which won the 2012 Man Booker Prize, making her the first author to win both these awards in the same year.

Journalist, critic and writer Francesca Segal’s debut novel The Innocents, set in a tightly-knit Jewish community in north-west London, is modelled on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, and wins her the First Novel Award.

The Poetry Award goes to Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie whose book The Overhaul is described by the judges as “the collection that will convert you to poetry”.

Writer – illustrator and dyslexia campaigner Sally Gardner, who as a child was once branded “unteachable”, takes the Children’s Book Award for Maggot Moon, her fifth novel.

The overall Costa Book of the Year will be announced on 29th January. The total prize fund for the Costa Book Awards stands at £55,000. The award winner in each category receives £5,000 with a further £30,000 for the overall winner. May the best woman win!

Waterstones Book of the Year

A debut novel translated from French is among six titles shortlisted  for the first Waterstones Book of the Year. HHhH by Laurent Binet joins Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies as the only two novels. The other four are works of non-fiction: Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure (Artemis Cooper), The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (Robert Macfarlane), On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does (Simon Garfield) and Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts) by Russell Norman.

The winning book will be announced on 29th November and the prize is for the book to be promoted in stores in December as “The Book of the Year”. The nominations came from Waterstones booksellers. Just one of the innovations brought in by new CEO James Daunt – we’re delighted that James will be one of the panellists in the “future of the book” debate at the Mitchell on 1st December See the full programme for the day on our website.