Ten contenders on TS Eliot prize shortlist are revealed

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The 2020 TS Eliot prize shortlist has been announced by judges Lavinia Greenlaw, Mona Arshi and Andrew McMillan, chosen from 153 poetry collections submitted by British and Irish publishers. The list includes three debut collections, work from five men and five women, two Americans, as well as poets of Native American, Chinese Indonesian and British, Indian and mixed race ancestry. Nine publishers...

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Linton Kwesi Johnson shares PEN Printer prize with missing Eritrean poet detained since 2001

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An Eritrean poet, Amanuel Asrat, who was arrested in 2001 when editor-in-chief of the leading Eritrean newspaper Zemen, and has been held incommunicado since, has been named International Writer of Courage at the PEN Pinter Prize ceremony.

The award is made to someone who has been persecuted for ...

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Last day for posting poems on Places of Poetry map as anthology is published

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Last year’s popular Places of Poetry project, in which poets were able to post their poems on a map of England and Wales, is being revived for a few days from the start of October.

In 2019 poets we...

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Louise Glück awarded Nobel literature prize for 'austere beauty' of 'unmistakeable poetic voice'

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The American poet Louise Glück has been awarded the 2020 Nobel prize in literature for her “unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal”.

Glück, who is w...

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Happy to be alive, grateful to the NHS: recovering Michael Rosen talks about Covid

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The poet and author Michael Rosen, who spent 47 days in intensive care earlier this year after contracting Covid-19, and came close to death, has talked about his rehabilitation, and about how it has ...

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Dr John Cooper Clarke to launch 'I Wanna Be Yours' autobiography

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The Bard of Salford, Dr John Cooper Clarke, will be launching his memoir I Wanna Be Yours, published by Picador, on 15 October with a live online event at Vout-O-Reenee's in London. He will be joined ...

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Write Out Loud's Beyond the Storm anthology plays its part in a different kind of National Poetry Day

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Write Out Loud played its part during National Poetry Day, with BBC Radio Leeds broadcasting a 'montage' of selected poems from our Beyond the Storm anthology of poems about the Covid era during the d...

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Pascale Petit's 'Mama Amazonica' wins inaugural £5,000 Laurel prize

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Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica has won the inaugural eco-poetry Laurel prize, which was inaugurated by the poet laureate Simon Armitage. The announcement was made at an onlin...

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Dr John Cooper Clarke to launch 'I Wanna Be Yours' autobiography

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The Bard of Salford, Dr John Cooper Clarke, will be launching his memoir I Wanna Be Yours, published by Pan Macmillan, on 15 October with a live online event at Vout-O-Reenee's in London. He will be j...

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Ireland's Derek Mahon, whose poem caught pandemic mood, dies aged 78

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One of Ireland’s leading poets, Derek Mahon, whose poem ‘Everything Is Going to be All Right’ is said to have captured the national mood during the pandemic, has died at the age of 78, the Irish Times...

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