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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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