Poetry prize on the cards

James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

Those halcyon days when pen and paper just worked!

A local wordsmith has been shortlisted for the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for Poetry.

John Haynes, of Padnell Road, Cowplain, is one step closer to claiming the world's top poetry award for You, a poem celebrating his Nigerian-born wife.

The winner of the 15,000 award will be announced on January 24.