Armitage, Heaney, Walcott up for T S Eliot Prize

<p>Simon Armitage, Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott are to battle for this year&#39;s T S Eliot Prize for Poetry in an &quot;exceptional year for poetry&quot;.<br /><br />Heaney&#39;s Forward Prize-winning collection <em>Human Chain</em> is up for the &pound;15,000 prize, alongside his two Faber stablemates: Simon Armitage&#39;s <em>Seeing Stars </em>and Derek Walcott&#39;s <em>White Egrets</em>. Also in the running are titles from Picador, Seren, Carcanet, Cape and Bloodaxe.<br /><br />A record 123 collections were submitted for the 10-strong list. Chair of judges Anne Stevenson said: &quot;The judges have found this an exceptional year for poetry, with a record number of entries, and have agreed on a strong shortlist which is unusually eclectic in form and theme.&quot;<br /><br />The winner will be announced on 24th January, with &pound;1,000 going to each of the shortlisted poets. The prize will be heralded by an evening of readings on 23rd January at London&#39;s Royal Festival Hall.</p><p><strong>The shortlist in full:</strong></p><p><em>Seeing Stars </em>Simon Armitage (Faber)<br /><em>The Mirabelles </em>Annie Freud (Picador)<br /><em>You</em> John Haynes (Seren)<br /><em>Human Chain </em>Seamus Heaney (Faber)<br /><em>What the Water Gave Me </em>Pascale Petit (Seren)<br /><em>The Wrecking Light </em>Robin Robertson (Picador)<br /><em>Rough Music </em>Fiona Sampson (Carcanet)<br /><em>Phantom Noise </em>Brian Turner (Bloodaxe)<br /><em>White Egrets</em> Derek Walcott (Faber)<br /><em>New Light for the Old Dark</em> Sam Willetts (Jonathan Cape)<br /> </p>