Taking the last bus home after nights like these! Brian Bilston wows big audience at the New Poetry Shack in London

The hugely popular “poet laureate of Twitter” Brian Bilston has always been somewhat of a mystery man, keen to obscure his true identity and limiting his public appearances. He does seem to be getting out and about a bit more in 2023, however. Heather Moulson was among an adoring audience of around 200, according to the organisers - and we have no reason to doubt them - at the New Poetry Shack in Islington, north London, to he...

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Anthony Joseph has won the £25,000 TS Eliot Prize for poetry for his collection Sonnets for Albert, it was announced on Monday night. The autobiograph...

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The National Memorial Arboretum is looking for a poet in residence for 12 months, who will explore its surroundings, landscape, and memorials through ...

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Forty-eight poets will be taking  part in a Poem-A-Thon on Saturday 11 February in Walthamstow, north-east London, to raise money for local food banks...

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Paul Muldoon will be reading from The Castle of Perseverance, a book that pairs new sequences of his poems with watercolours by American painter Phili...

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Selima Hill has been awarded the King’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Buckingham Palace has announced. A committee chaired by the poet laureate Simon Armitag...

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Bolton poet Jeff Dawson was featured this week on a BBC Radio Manchester programme about his home town, which has missed out on the government’s ‘leve...

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A new monthly poetry night is being launched in Northumberland this month. The Poetry Café at the Warm Hub, Cheviot Street, Wooler, will be held on Fr...

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Ian McMillan will be judging the £1,000 Rialto and RSPB Nature and Place poetry competition. The deadline is 1 March. More details

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Roger Robinson will be judging the 50th Bridport poetry competition prize. The deadline is 31 May 2023. More details  

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Chris Hardy will be judging the £300 Slipstream Poets open competition. Entries must be no longer than 60 Lines. The deadline is 15 March. More detail...

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Jenny Mitchell’s impressive and award-winning two previous collections – both reviewed by Write Out Loud – were largely about Britain’s involvement in...

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Ron Scowcroft lives in Lancaster. His pamphlet Moon Garden was published by Wayleave Press in 2014 and his full collection Second Glance by Oversteps ...

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