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How to succeed as a poetry compere: Born Lippy’s Donald Jenkins delivers a masterclass

There are poetry night comperes that embrace the limelight, and there are other comperes who can’t help being the centre of attention, even if they’re not trying to be. Donald Jenkins, MC of the eclectic Born Lippy monthly event in Newcastle, combining poetry, comedy, hip-hop and “all things wordy”, belongs in that latter category. He opened proceedings by bounding around the stage, performing his own interpretation of the Bri...

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The Poetry Detective broadcast on BBC Radio 4 is about “the poems we carry with us. The poems that speak to us so strongly that we return to them in t...

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The Poetry Society has reopened its Poetry Café and basement in Betterton Street, London for hire during daytime hours for the first time since Covid ...

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Zaffar Kunial will be judging The Rialto’s £1,000 Nature and Place poetry competition. The Rialto magazine is working in association with the RSPB, Bi...

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Adel Ward is the judge for VOLE books Winter/Spring competition. An anthology of the winning and short-listed poems titled Green Fuses will be publish...

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Rhianna Levi began her Worcestershire Poet Laureate tenure in June 2022. During this time she has worked closely with the Worcestershire Acute Hospita...

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