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The website that aims to let users 'annotate the world's text' has launched its first iPhone app following a spat with Google

'Redneck' rockets to the top prize

I starred last night, I shone:

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Betjeman honoured

The actress Joanna Lumley (above) led readings of Sir John Betjeman's poetry at the unveiling of a stone tablet to the late poet laureate in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.

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.

Books: On the trail with Salman, Tristram and Pete

Lachlan Mackinnon relishes an 18th century classic in post-modernist guise; The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Martin Rowson, Picador, pounds 15.99

National Poetry Day

Andrew Motion on the private muse

BOOKS: THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF; TRISTRAM SHANDY

Laurence Sterne's vast, hilarious 18th-century masterpiece has been adapted into a mighty comic book. Here, with pages of his elaborate, brilliant and perhaps totally insane project, the artist explains how (and even why) he did it

Obituary: Piers Gray

Piers Gray was one of the most gifted literary critics of his generation. He was also the most witty, erudite and perceptive of companions, someone whose vast learning and hard-won wisdom would as easily illuminate a cricket match as a poem, a social gathering as a philosophical thesis.

Book review / The critic's underneath the lot

ESSAYS IN APPRECIATION by Christopher Ricks, OUP pounds 25

LETTERS: Poet cornered

I did not sit on a row behind T S Eliot at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the 1930s when Emanuel Litvinoff read out his fine incendiary poem ("Poets clash over `anti- Semitic' Eliot", 2 June). I'm old, but not that old. Litvinoff's reading took place in the 1950s. I describe the incident in detail in my autobiography, A Poet in the Family.

Draft notebook holds untraced Spender poems

A canvas notebook containing three apparently unpublished poems by Sir Stephen Spender is to go on sale at the end of this month.

Poets clash over 'anti-Semitic' Eliot

A book by Princess Diana's lawyer has rekindled a simmering literary row, reports Ros Wynne-Jones

Letter: Holy addendum

Sir: A little footnote to your article, "Holy war: the battle of St Stephen's" (6 May); T S Eliot was the church warden of St Stephen's, Gloucester Road, for many years.

BOOK REVIEW / `I might be anything. If a horse loved me, I might be tha t'

The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes by Philip Herring Viking, pounds 20

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