Arts and literary centre dedicated to Seamus Heaney opens in Northern Ireland village

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The site of a former RUC police station in Northern Ireland has opened on Friday 30 September as the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, an arts and literary centre exploring the life, literature and inspirations of the Nobel prize-winning poet. He died on 30 August 2013 and is buried in the nearby graveyard.

The centre in the village of Bellaghy includes a permanent exhibition documenting Heaney’s life a...

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Spoken word poets Hollie McNish, Matt Abbott and Sugar J Poet film ads for Nationwide

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A new advertising campaign by Nationwide Building Society has featured leading spoken word poet Hollie McNish in its first film, which was broadcast during The X Factor on Saturday night.

The Nationwide campaign is said to celebrate the voices and stories of ordinary people with messages written ...

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Stablemates Trevien, Sutherland and Newman to launch readings series

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Claire Trevien, pictured, Ross Sutherland, and Charlotte Newman, who are all published by Penned in the Margins, will be reading at Waterstones in Piccadilly on Thursday 29 September in the first of a...

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Vahni Capildeo's 'Measures of Expatriation' wins £15,000 Forward prize

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Trinidad-born Vahni Capildeo has won the £15,000 Forward prize with her collection of poetry and prose-poems Measures of Expatriation, published by Carcanet. Capildeo has lived in the UK since 1991, w...

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We say farewell and thanks to Eileen and Shirley-Anne as Write Out Loud Middleton takes a break

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There will be no Write Out Loud Middleton at the Ring O’ Bells pub in Middleton on Sunday 25 September. The open mic poetry night is taking a break while a new compere or comperes are found. Thanks to...

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Wenlock takes a breather with no poetry festival next year

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There will be no Wenlock poetry festival in 2017, its organisers have announced, saying they need “time to plan the development of a revised, professional working structure and to create a more robust...

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Education, education, education at Write Out Loud Marsden tonight

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Education and learning are the themes of this month’s Write Out loud Marsden at Marsden library on Wednesday 21 September at 7.30pm. Quoting Thomas Gray’s ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’, and ...

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Anthology of poems backing Jeremy Corbyn to be launched

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Ten poets among the 50 who have contributed to an anthology in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will read from the collection at a launch in London next month. Poems for Jeremy Corbyn, edited by...

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Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside tonight

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Dave Hartley is guest poet at Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside arts centre, Sale on Tuesday 20 September. Entry is £3/£2 to this open mic night, which starts at 7.30pm. “Your journey to poetry” is...

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Write Out Loud at Bolton Socialist Club tonight

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Write Out Loud Bolton will be meeting at Bolton Socialist Club on Tuesday 20 September for another open mic poetry night, hosted by Gordon Zola and Jeffarama! Entry is £1 plus raffle, and it starts at...

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PJ Harvey joins the Southbank bill on National Poetry Day

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Singer-songwriter and poet PJ Harvey will be appearing at the Southbank Centre on National Poetry Day, 6 October. Harvey, who performed her The Hollow of the Hand collaboration with Seamus Murphy at t...

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Countdown to night marking 25 years of the Forward prizes

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The countdown has started for the 25th Forward prize-giving ceremony, on Tuesday 20 September at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank. Five poets are vying for the top £15,000 Forward prize f...

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'Instapoet' Rupi Kaur's collection sells half a million copies

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A poet has sold more than 500,000 copies of a book of poetry that she first self-published in 2014. Toronto-based Rupi Kaur, who posts much of her poetry on Instagram, is top of Amazon US’s poetry boo...

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Talks, readings, book-buying ... then on to the pub!

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There will be more than 80 publishers at this year’s Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair at London’s Conway Hall on Saturday 17 September from 10am- 4.30pm. Entry is free to the fair, which is described as “...

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It's a fair cop: bookshop files poetry with whodunnits

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Could this be a reference to poetry’s recent plagiarism scandals? Spotted on a section in the award-winning bookshop Dulwich Books in West Dulwich, south-east London, the joint heading: “Crime / Poetr...

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Chalking up a tribute: South Downs anthology to be launched at Winchester poetry festival

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Seven poets will be reading from an anthology of poetry inspired by the chalk landscape of the South Downs on the opening night of Winchester poetry festival (October 7-9) next month. Winchester is a ...

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Sharon Olds wins $100,000 lifetime achievement award

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The Pulitzer prize-winning poet Sharon Olds has won the Academy of American Poets $100,000 (£75,000) lifetime achievement award. Olds was given the Wallace Stevens award for "proven mastery in the art...

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Poems from the unexpected: poets to pop up during Stratford-upon-Avon festival

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Stratford-upon-Avon poetry festival has invited 10 poets to be poets-in-residence across the town; at Shakespeare family homes, in a nail bar, rail station, on a canal boat, a hotel and church cottage...

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Poets take fresh look at Auden's 'Night Mail' on BBC2's poetry Saturday

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BBC2 has unveiled plans for Saturday-night poetry, as part of wider arts and culture plans for the channel at the weekend. The plans include a poetry night on 1 October, ahead of National Poetry Day, ...

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Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Members of Write Out Loud Stockport will be meeting at Stockport art gallery on Monday 12 September to share their poems at this open-floor poetry night. Each month a collage poem is produced from the...

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Judy Brown at More Poetry in London tonight

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Judy Brown will be reading at the long-running More Poetry, hosted by Ken Champion and Juli Jana, at the Coffee Shop in Leyden Street, near London’s Liverpool Street station, on Monday 12 September. J...

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Spotlight on women in forefront of political poetry about Turkey and Syria

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A feature in the Observer has turned the spotlight on two female poets that it says are at the forefront of a blossoming of poetry as a result of the strife in Turkey and Syria. Kurdish poet Bejan Mat...

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Page and performance poets team up for anniversary anthology

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An anthology featuring page and performance poets including Andrew McMillan, Helen Mort, Lemn Sissay, Hollie McNish, Buddy Wakefield, Luke Wright, Kate Fox and Salena Godden is being launched later th...

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Windfall for runners-up in poetry competition after winner is disqualified

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Runners-up in a poetry competition have received an unexpected windfall of £50 each after the first prize winner was disqualified. The £500 first prize in Ambit magazine’s poetry competition was withd...

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Jackie Hagan at Puzzle Poets in Sowerby Bridge tonight

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Poet, playwright and stand-up comic Jackie Hagan, who describes herself as “a one-legged cosmic scally who downs champagne from her glittery false leg”, is appearing at Puzzle Poets at the Blind Pig i...

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