The terrible and the absurd: a Simon Armitage film-poem Where Did The World Go?

BBC2 has screened an examination of the pandemic, using a film-poem written by the poet laurate Simon Armitage as a narrative that charts the progression of Covid, from the early rumours arriving from Wuhan to the rollout of the vaccination programme and the easing of lockdown.

The poem begins: “There was a world once, / so where did it go?”, and includes segments of poems about the pandemic th...

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Back down the garden path as poet laureate returns to his shed

Simon Armitage is heading down the garden path for a second series of The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed on Radio 4. The former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, accompanied by his 12-string acoustic, will be his first guest on Saturday 3 July.

Later in the series the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda...

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'Today is a good day': Lemn Sissay awarded OBE in Queen's birthday honours list

Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay has been awarded the OBE in the new Queen’s birthday honours list. Sissay, who was previously awarded an MBE, said on Twitter: “Today is a good day.” Sissay, who is cha...

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Scientists and poets team up to explore creative links

An album pairing spoken word artists with scientists is being launched by spoken word label Nymphs & Thugs. The Experimental Words album features well-known scientists such as BBC Radio 4’s Professor ...

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Easy does it … some poetry organisers ready for careful return to live venues

Leading performance poet Tony Walsh is looking forward to live venue appearances again as poetry makes tentative steps towards returning to venues as lockdown eases. Tony said on Twitter: “Live events...

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Meet the shortlisted contenders for this year's Forward poetry prizes

The 2021 Forward prize shortlists for best collection, best first collection and best single poem are announced today. The collections in the running for the £10,000 best collection award touch on the...

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Poems to mark massacre at gay nightclub to be released on anniversary

Poems by 16 LGBTQ poets are to be released on an album, We Will Keep On, in response to a documentary called Disarm Hate about the Orlando massacre at a gay nightclub in the US.

On 12 June, 2016, O...

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Spoken word series hosted by Benjamin Zephaniah wins Bafta award for best entertainment programme

Life & Rhymes, a four-part spoken word series on Sky Arts that was filmed during lockdown in a London park, was a surprise winner of the Bafta best  entertainment programme award on Sunday night, beat...

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Scottish poets ready to kick off the Euros

The Scottish Poetry Library is celebrating Scotland co-hosting with England the Group D matches of the Euros football championship with three live poetry events that can be watched online.

On Satur...

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Wigan poet Shaun Fallows included in artwork celebrating street

A regular poet and legend at Write Out Loud Wigan for the last 20 years – and more recently a regular contributor at Write Out Loud Woking on Zoom - has been included in a Wigan artwork celebrating th...

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