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Sinéad Morrissey is the winner of the TS Eliot Prize

Sinéad Morrissey wins TS Eliot poetry prize with David Niven-inspired poem

Winning the TS Eliot Prize is hardly a matter of life and death. But the film of that name inspired Sinéad Morrissey to pen a collection which finally secured the UK’s most prestigious poetry prize for Belfast’s first poet laureate.

Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece, By Michael Gorra - Paperbacks of the Year review

I wish I could give this sublime marrying of the art and the life 10 stars. This is very much a writer’s biography, and an absolutely gorgeous demonstration of how to frame a narrative begins, appropriately enough, with the framing by Gorra of the author, Henry James: “Many years later he would remember the way the book had begun. He was old then, and in England ....” It’s a description that mirrors beautifully the framing by James himself of the entrance of his great heroine, Isabel Archer, in The Portrait of a Lady, as “the girl in the doorway”.

Faber & Faber enjoys story of its success as profits jump

It is a far cry from the spartan poetry of TS Eliot but booming sales of Tom Bower’s juicy biography of X Factor impresario Simon Cowell have helped push Faber & Faber’s profits up fourfold.

Page 3 Profile: Alice Oswald, poet

A poet?! You have 10 seconds before I switch off… 10, 9 –

TS Eliot: The pop star's poet

TS Eliot: The pop star's poet

As Johnny Flynn a releases a new track, After Eliot, Chris Mugan traces the Modernist's longstanding influence on popular music

The Professor of Poetry, By Grace McCleen

Life and literature seldom make a perfect rhyme, as a learned, troubled heroine discovers

Paperback review: Who is Ozymandias? And Other Puzzles in Poetry, By John Fuller

"A poem should not mean, but be," in Archibald MacLeish's famous words.

Details of arrangements for Margaret Thatcher funeral released

A single, half-muffled bell will toll as the funeral cortege draws up to St Paul's.

Bath Literature Festival: Searching for female stars

Polymathic arts writer Kevin Jackson, in Bath to introduce his book Constellation of Genius about the literary annus mirabilis of 1922, ran up against the feminist lobby.

Great Works: Landscape No 710, 2003-4, by John Virtue

Man settles beside a river, that source of life, commerce. He creates built structures, for shelter, and then, as they grow and cluster about him, for slightly different reasons: pomp, power, prestige. London was and is such a place. Here we see her in the near present, in all her messy, creeping sprawl, smudgy, looming, enormous, mighty. Majestic even. This city is everything that man, cumulatively, has wanted her to be. Here is both all her vital and upward-thrusting nowness, together with all the untidy remnants of everything that she once was or has laid claim to be. A mighty, awe-inspiringly ramshackle palimpsest then.

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Poet Sharon Olds scoops TS Eliot Prize for 'confessional' work about her husband's affair

If revenge is a dish best served cold, Sharon Olds must have been licking her lips last night. Fifteen years after her husband ran off with another woman, the poet scooped the UK’s most prestigious poetry prize for a collection that explored the experience in detail.

All-seeing Eye: A man thought to be Shakespeare, at 39. His birth and death are marked tomorrow

Paul Vallely: Shakespeare gets top billing, but we ignore the rest of the cast

English is shot through with the Bard's words and phrases, but what of his harder plays, and the work of his successors?

Matthew Bell: Rant & Rave (15/04/12)

Rant

Album: M. Ward, A Wasteland Companion (Bella Union)

With his natural warmth and gentleness allied to a refreshingly non-dogmatic take on retro musical styles, M. Ward is one of the more engaging Americana artists around today.

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