Now hear the words of the bards: Bamburgh's Anglo-Saxon bones inspire poets

Northumberland’s rich heritage, and what is termed its ‘Golden Age’, were glimpsed at a remarkable poetry reading below the magnificent and imposing Bamburgh castle on the North Sea coast on Friday night. In the 19th century a storm revealed the remains of what turned out to be Anglo-Saxon people from 1,400 years ago – a cemetery uncovered in sand dunes close to the castle, in an area known locall...

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Double triumph! TS Eliot winner Joelle Taylor is Saboteurs best spoken word performer

Joelle Taylor has won this year’s Saboteur award for best spoken word performer, it was announced at the awards ceremony in Birmingham on Saturday night. It is a remarkable stage and page achievement for Taylor, who earlier this year won the TS Eliot prize for poetry.

Manchester’s Verbose won the...

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Bestselling poet Rupi Kaur to tour UK later this year

The bestselling poet Rupi Kaur, who rose to worldwide fame via Instagram, has announced her world tour for 2022, which will include performing in 17 cities across the UK and Europe, beginning on 9 Sep...

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What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective: eds. Lisa Kelly, Sophie Stone, Arachne Press

This first week of May has been Deaf Awareness Week and this past year has seen Deafness and the Deaf community attract a lot of positive media attention. What a good time to read and reflect on this ...

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Inua Ellams to judge £5,000 Bridport poetry prize

Inua Ellams will be judging the £5,000 Bridport poetry prize. The deadline is 31 May. More details

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Deadline nears for Wirral poetry competition

The deadline is 22 May for the Wirral poetry festival annual competition. First prize is £250. More details

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Poetry Pharmacy launches £3,800 project to fund 'Physic Garden'

The Poetry Pharmacy in Bishops Castle, Shropshire – a Victorian shop packed with poetry, philosophy and well-being books, ‘pills’ and other literary gifts and products, plus cafe, and a social space f...

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'Crossing the same path two moon and roman nose once wandered'

In 'Leaving Bents Fort' Lance Henson wrestles deeply with the meaning of being a Cheyenne in America — a meaning that is as complex historically as it is in the present and towards the future. The nam...

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American Life in Poetry

The Country With No Playgrounds: Elena Croitoru, Live Canon

Prize-winning poet Elena Croitoru is a British-Romanian writer based in Kent. She holds an MSt (Master of Studies) in creative writing from the University of Cambridge and is a writer of poetry, novel...

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'The People Who Run The Country': Luke Wright's new video

Performance poet Luke Wright has released a new music video, just in time for this week's local elections. Titled ‘The People Who Run The Country’, and laced with swear words, it won’t be everyone’s c...

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Here are the Saboteur awards shortlists!

Luke Wright, Joelle Taylor, Cathy Carson, and Chris Singleton are shortlisted for this year’s Saboteur award for best spoken word performer. Two spoken word nights in Manchester feature in the best re...

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'Our waking breath': makar Kathleen Jamie delivers poem-letter from Scotland to Ukraine

Scotland’s makar Kathleen Jamie has curated a collective poem following a call-out to the public for submissions of lines of poetry in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Kathleen is joined in the ...

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Newcastle poetry festival's Emergency Poetry Summit

Newcastle Poetry Festival is staging a one-day live poetry event this month at Northern Stage, within the Newcastle University complex. It’s billed as an Emergency Poetry Summit, a day of readings and...

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