Heaney on prize shortlist

Seamus Heaney and Adrian Mitchell are among 10 poets on the shortlist for the pounds 5,000 T S Eliot prize, announced yesterday. Judges Andrew Motion, Helen Dunmore and Ruth Padel picked the list of the 10 best collections of the year, and will also choose the eventual winner, to be announced on 13 January.

Eliot's widow, Valerie, has donated the pounds 5,000 prize. The full shortlist is Ciaran Carson for Opera Et Cetera, Maura Dooley for Kissing A Bone, John Fuller for Stones and Fires, Seamus Heaney for The Spirit Level, Stephen Knight for Dream City Cinema, Adrian Mitchell for Blue Coffee, Les Murray for Subhuman Redneck Poems, Alice Oswald for The Thing In The Gap-Stone Stile, Christopher Reid for Expanded Universes and Susan Wicks for The Clever Daughter.