A few staff Lit Soc members took a short trip to the Royal Festival Hall last night to join over 2,000 poetry fans enjoying readings by the T S Eliot Prize 2013 shortlisted poets.
Helen Mort, Maurice Riordan, Dannie Abse, Sinead Morrissey, Moniza Alvi, Daljit Nagra and friends, Michael Symmons Roberts, George Szirtes, Robin Robertson and Ruth Padel on behalf of Anne Carson, performed and talked about their nominated collections, keeping us spellbound for over two and a half hours.
Compared by the incomparable Ian McMillan, we had a fantastic evening and I, for one, am glad that I am not judging this amazing shortlist. As Ian said, poetry comes in waves and at the moment we are at high water enjoying these gifted artists. May this long continue.
Looking forward to the result later today and thanks to Stuart Bird for organizing us!