TV programme on Cornwall pays tribute to poet Jack Clemo

A tribute has been paid during a TV series about Cornwall to “one of  Cornwall’s most celebrated poets”, Jack Clemo. In a section of Rick Stein’s Cornwall, Stein talks to writer Philip Marsden about  the china clay industry – “part of that rough edge of Cornwall”, and the largest china clay mining area in the world.  

Stein says Clemo’s “austere poems in the 1950s are about the expanding clay i...

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As Keats goes by: Marianne Faithfull to release album of Romantic poetry readings

Legendary 1960s figure Marianne Faithfull has unveiled her latest album project – reading the works of the Romantic Poets, including Keats’ To Autumn, and Ode to a Nightingale, Shelley’s Ozymandias, and Wordsworth’s Prelude - to backings provided by collaborator Warren Ellis, of Nick Cave and the Ba...

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Alexa, what's the latest about Brian Bilston, poet laureate of Twitter?

The poet laureate of Twitter, Brian Bilston, is a bit less of a mystery man these days. For a while it’s been known that he is actually Paul Millicheap, a former academic publisher from Oxford, aged 5...

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TS Eliot Prize readings and announcement of winner to be streamed on Sunday 24 January

The £25,000 TS Eliot Prize readings will be combined with the chair of the judges’ announcement of the winner in a streamed event hosted by Ian McMillan at 7pm on Sunday 24 January. Tickets for the ev...

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Write Out Loud regular offers free copy of spare poetry pamphlet to first email claimant

Write Out Loud regular MC (Mark) Newberry is offering a free copy of a poetry collection about the American civil war that was recently reviewed on this website to the first email claimant. Following ...

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'Walking generates poetic ideas ... I always come back with a couple of good adverbs': Simon Armitage on BBC's Saturday Live

Simon Armitage spoke about the process of becoming poet laureate on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live at the weekend. He said that at first, “as I understand it, there were a number of conversations going o...

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Poetry is precious in these '24-7' times, says Carol Ann Duffy

Poetry can provide an antidote to a “24-7 babble … which is not good for our mental health”, the former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy told listeners on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour this week.

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Eavan Boland wins posthumous Costa poetry prize

The Irish poet Eavan Boland, who died last year aged 75, has been posthumously awarded the Costa poetry prize, it was announced on Monday night. Her final collection, The Historians, published in Octo...

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