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Poetry Book Society sets up T S Eliot Prize School Shadowing Scheme | 04-Oct-06

This year, the TS Eliot Prize - the prize 'most poets want to win' according to Andrew Motion - will introduce a new Shadowing Scheme for schools, designed to promote the reading and enjoyment of poetry among young people. The scheme will run for 14-19 year olds, and the young people involved will consider the shortlist in tandem with the judging panel.

The director of the Poetry Book Society, who administer this prestigious prize, Chris Hollifield, says the following about the new scheme:

'The Poetry Book Society believes that the shadowing scheme will inspire young people to read and enjoy the very best of contemporary poetry. It will encourage them to go on to read more widely and discover the pleasure that good poetry can give.'

The shadowing scheme is to be run in conjunction with the English and Media Centre, who will host a poll where students can vote for a winner on their website.

The scheme will also include a competition for A-Level students, which will look for the best rationale for their choice of poet.

Look out for more information on the scheme soon. The shortlist for this year's prize will be announced on 3 November 2006.

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