'A poor Cinderella ... plum in the middle': Simon Armitage welcomes spring and the National Trust's blossom campaign

The poet laureate, Simon Armitage, has written a poem that welcomes spring, as well as marking World Poetry Day. ‘Plum Tree Among the Skyscrapers’ conjures up a plum tree growing through a “cracked slab in a city square”, and is the first in a collection of poems inspired by blossom that have been commissioned by the National Trust. In his poem Armitage goes on to describe the little tree as a “a poor Cinderella / rootling abo...

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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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Oxford-based poet Paul Surman’s first collection, Places (Oversteps Books) was published in 2018. A further collection, Seasons of Damage and Beauty (...

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