The TS Eliot prize and twenty-five years of Shoestring Press

Roy Marshall

One of the great showcases for poetry, the TS Eliot Prize is over for another year.  I’m lucky enough to have met and spent a little time with three of the nominated poets in the last couple of years, and I found all of them to be witty, generous, brilliant and fun.

I have never met Danie Abse, shortlisted for his ‘Speak, Old Parrot,’ but  I have loved his work for some time, not least because Abse, a Doctor by profession and now 91 years of age, has written about medical matters from an insider’s point of view in his ‘Pathology of Colours’.  Reading this poem and others by Abse I realised I could write about my own experiences as a nurse.
You can hear the funny and very moving Danie Abse and all the other brilliant poets reading at the awards ceremony by clicking here.  


Away from the bright lights poetry…

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