Byron's deathbed cheque that helped Greek fight for independence

As Greece celebrates the bicentenary of its war of independence, a banknote has been unearthed by the Observer newspaper in the country’s state archives that offers lasting proof of the poet Lord Byron’s commitment to the Greek cause.

In the cheque Byron stipulates that £4,000 – roughly £332,000 today – be paid to Giovanni Orlando, a representative of the provisional government that, alarmed ...

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Poet laureate's elegy to Duke of Edinburgh on day of funeral

Simon Armitage has carried out one of his more traditional functions as poet laureate – by publishing a poem about the Duke of Edinburgh on the day of the royal consort’s funeral.

Prince Philip died just over a week ago, aged 99. His funeral took place at Windsor castle on Saturday. Armitage’s po...

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Cov Kids: Antony Owen, Knives Forks and Spoons Press

Antony Owen is best known in the poetry world and beyond for his passionate work about war and peace. It’s interesting to see him take a diversion from his usual subject matter in this collection abou...

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Review

Poetry publishing duo shortlisted for three Saboteur awards

Publishing and life partners Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling of Indigo Dreams have notched up three shortlist nominations in the indie Saboteur awards, to be voted on over the next few weeks. Ronnie a...

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Kim Moore to judge £600 Ware Poets competition

Kim Moore will be judging the £600 Ware Poets competition. The deadline is 30 April. More details

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When Peter Sellars Came to Tea: Trisha Broomfield, Dempsey & Windle

Trisha Broomfield’s short collection is drenched in memories in which characters from her childhood and adulthood vividly portray her life experiences in a humorous yet compelling way. She engages the...

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Online play to paint picture of Irish poet Eavan Boland

A theatre production about the life of the late Irish poet, Eavan Boland, will be livestreamed and available on demand later this month. Boland: Journey of a Poet is the story of her life through her ...

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Free readings at Seren Cardiff online poetry festival

The 2021 Seren Cardiff poetry festival began on Thursday 15 April with four days of online readings, workshops and events. All the events – apart from the workshops – are free.

Benjamin Zephaniah w...

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Events

Write Out Loud relives some memorable live poetry moments

During the coronavirus shutdown Write Out Loud has been looking back at some wonderful live poetry moments over the last few years … and re-running some of our favourite reviews to refresh memories, a...

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We'll meet again

Hollie McNish, Salena Godden, Manchester, 2016

I reckon that if you’re a spoken word virgin you might as well start at the top and my friend certainly did that when I took him to see Hollie McNish and Salena Godden at Gorilla, an event that was pa...

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Find your poetic voice! Sign up for our first poetry workshop with Saili Katebe

Our new series of poetry masterclasses has so far produced two sold-out events. The second one, with guest tutor Caroline Bird, takes place at the end of this month and sold out within 13 hours.

Th...

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A first for poetry as Amanda Gorman tops US books bestseller list

Amanda Gorman, who became the youngest poet at 23 to read at a presidential inauguration in January this year, recently hit no 1 on USA Today’s bestselling books list with her Washington poem ‘The Hil...

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Sold out again! Our second poetry masterclass - with Forward prizewinner Caroline Bird

The first in our new series of poetry masterclasses, with Rachel Long as guest tutor, was useful and inspiring - and quickly sold out! The same has happened with our second poetry masterclass on Wedne...

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'Little one, it starts with a heart'

It must be one of the great mercies of life that time provides us with the magical capacity to turn memories of the complete alarm of caring for an infant child into a delightful bit of nostalgia. Adr...

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American Life in Poetry

'The words are all Dorothy's’: poet Sarah Doyle transforms Dorothy Wordsworth’s journal observations into poetry

Christmas Day this year will mark the 250th anniversary of Dorothy Wordsworth’s birth. The sister of William Wordsworth is perhaps best known for her journal observations about the daffodils they saw ...

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Southbank Centre wants applications for New Poets Collective

London’s Southbank Centre is looking for up to 15 poets to be part of its New Poets Collective. It says it wants to “seek out the world’s most exciting artists, from household names to fresh new talen...

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Opportunities

Poet laureate begins tour of nation's libraries in Ashby-de-la-Zouch

The poet laureate Simon Armitage is to begin a 10-year tour of the UK's libraries, launching it via a livestreamed reading in Ashby-de-la-Zouch on 26 April. Each spring he will perform live readings a...

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Malika Booker to judge £5,000 Poetry London prize

Malika Booker will be judging the £5,000 Poetry London magazine prize for a single poem. The deadline is 26 June. More details

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Competitions

Final day for voting in the first round of the 2021 Saboteur awards

There have been very few live spoken word events in the last year – but here are this year’s Saboteur award nominations coming round again anyway! The 2021 voting form still includes best spoken word ...

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Owen Sheers to judge £1,000 Wells poetry competition

Owen Sheers will be judging the Wells Festival of Literature's £1,000 poetry competition. The deadline is 30 June. More details 

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'Here every flower grows ragged and sideways and always beautiful'

I have heard so many poets say that they feel like outcasts, until they meet other outcasts and dreamers, people who seem to feel like them, and suddenly they feel affirmed in their difference, and, a...

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American Life in Poetry

Poets and musicians celebrate 'tastefully tantric' Totnes and Barrel House venue

A poetry and music film celebrating a live venue in Totnes, and “the many poets and musicians who have made their home in Devon” has been released on YouTube. The film is a collaboration between Julie...

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Louise Fazackerley, Huddersfield, 2014

To see a world in a grain of sand, wrote Blake, and heaven in a wild flower. On Thursday, the Risk a Verse audience at Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, was shown a world with which most of us were unfamilia...

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Russian poet's family memoir longlisted for International Booker Prize

A family memoir by the Russian poet Maria Stepanova and translated by UK poet Sasha Dugdale - both pictured - has been included on the longlist for the International Booker Prize. In addition to In Me...

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