Kate Clanchy's teaching memoir wins Orwell prize for political writing

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The poet, writer and teacher Kate Clanchy has won the Orwell prize for political writing for her  “moving and powerful” memoir, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, about working as a teacher in the state education system.

Judges chaired by Stephanie Flanders of Bloomberg Economics said Clanchy’s book showed a “brilliantly honest writer” taking on “a subject that ties so many people up i...

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Celebrated teacher launches anthology of lockdown poems by former pupils

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A poet and teacher awarded an MBE for her services to literature, after working with migrant and refugee children as writer In residence at Oxford Spires Academy, has launched an anthology of poetry created during lockdown by her former pupils.

Kate Clanchy has written of Unmute: An Anthology of ...

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Louise Fazackerley joins The Verb discussion on the poetry of violence

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Leading spoken word poet Louise Fazackerley will be taking part in an exploration of the poetry of violence on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb on Friday at 10pm. Host Ian McMillan will also be joined by former...

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Linton Kwesi Johnson wins PEN Pinter prize

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The poet and reggae recording artist Linton Kwesi Johnson has been award the 2020 PEN Pinter prize. The PEN Pinter Prize was established in 2009 by the charity English PEN, which defends freedom of ex...

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Derek Owusu wins £10,000 prize for novel in verse

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Derek Owusu has won the £10,000 Desmond Elliott prize for his novel-in-verse That Reminds Me. The book is a semi-autobiographical tale of a British-Ghanaian boy called K. Owusu is a writer, poet and p...

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