British Library says sorry to family of Ted Hughes after linking distant ancestor to slave trade

The British Library has apologised to the family of the former poet laureate Ted Hughes, after it linked him to the slave trade through a distant ancestor.

Hughes’s name had been included on a spreadsheet from the library listing more than 300 figures with “evidence of connections to slavery, profits from slavery or from colonialism”. Hughes’s link was through Nicholas Ferrar, who was born in 1...

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Huddersfield Choral Society to premiere two pandemic works with words by Simon Armitage

Huddersfield Choral Society will on Saturday 28 November be performing two new works in response to Covid-19, with lyrics by the poet laureate Simon Armitage, and music by composers Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Daniel Kidane.

The online world premiere of We’ll Sing and The Song Thrush and the Mountain...

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Amy Glynn wins £2,000 Troubadour international poetry prize

Amy Glynn has won the £2,000 Troubadour international poetry prize with her poem ‘Entre-Deux-Mers, June’. She is from Lafayette, California. Second was Michael Lavers, from Provo, Utah, with ‘Filter Q...

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Move top poetry prize nights out of London, urges TS Eliot judge

One of the current judges of the TS Eliot prize has suggested staging the next live TS Eliot Prize reading event at somewhere like Scarborough or Grimsby, instead of in London.

Award-winning poet A...

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Eavan Boland, who died earlier this year, on Costa poetry shortlist

The Irish poet Eavan Boland, who died earlier this year aged 75, has been shortlisted in the poetry category of the Costa Book Awards, it was announced on Tuesday night. Her most recent collection, Th...

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Leading Australian poet admits borrowing without attribution after intervention by poetry sleuth

Has poetry sleuth Ira Lightman cracked another major case? It would appear so, judging by a recent public admission by a leading and multi-award-winning Australian poet. The Australian newspaper has r...

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Celebrate with a brew! Film of poem by Julian Jordon on theme of refugees and cuppas wins TV award

A short film made last year for Refugee Week of a poem – a villanelle – by Write Out Loud’s Julian Jordon has won the animation category in the Royal Television Society’s Yorkshire awards. The award w...

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Joy Harjo appointed to third consecutive term as US poet laureate

The first Native American poet to serve as America’s poet laureate, Joy Harjo, has been reappointed to a rare third term by the Library of Congress. Harjo, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, was...

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Simon Armitage reads 'The Bed' at centenary service for Unknown Warrior

The poet laureate, Simon Armitage, on Armistice Day - Wednesday 11 November - read a new poem, ‘The Bed’, to mark the 100th anniversary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey. The p...

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Poets get together to aid Black Lives Matter UK with single release

A group of artists and producers have come together to release a single supporting Black Minds Matter UK. ‘Birds’ is a poetic collaboration between the Tongue Fu collective and poets Salena Godden, pi...

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WE'RE BUILDING A NEW WRITE OUT LOUD – AND ASKING OUR POETRY COMMUNITY TO HELP US

We all know that the world has changed immeasurably since March. Almost as much as it has done since Write Out Loud was formed nearly two decades ago. And one thing that’s been clear for all of us to ...

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Two poems - by Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen - for Remembrance

For Remembrance, Write Out Loud would like to share two very well-known poems from the first world war, by Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Owen wrote: "My subject is War, and the pity of War. The ...

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