Raymond Antrobus wins £5,000 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award

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The multi-award winning poet Raymond Antrobus has won the £5,000 Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year award for his debut collection The Perseverance.

The Perseverance has already won the Ted Hughes prize. The announcement of the award, open to British and Irish writers aged under 35,was made at a ceremony at the London Library in central London on Thursday evening. The c...

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News

Tributes paid to innovative poet and protest verse editor Reuben Woolley

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Fellow poets have delivered many tributes on social media to the innovative poet and online editor Reuben Woolley, who has died after a long illness at the age of 67.

Reuben Woolley, who was originally from Chesterfield, grew up in Coventry, and moved to Spain in the 1970s. He published a number ...

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Obituary

Ripening Cherries: ed.by David Bingham and Simon Fletcher, Offa's Press

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In recent times, the Japanese art of haiku and its related forms, the tanka and the haibun, have become increasingly popular in poetry circles throughout the UK. Offa’s Press recently played an active...

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Review

The Night I Spoke Irish in Surrey: Richard Hawtree, Dempsey & Windle

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Perhaps you need to be as well read as Richard Hawtree to truly appreciate the poetry in his rich, debut pamphlet collection. On the other hand, maybe it doesn’t matter. Most of the poems are inspired...

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Review

Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery on Monday

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Members of Stockport Write Out Loud meet on Monday 8 December to share their poems at Stockport art gallery. Entry is a £1.50 donation to this group with strong links to the wider community, and it st...

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Events

Michaela Coplen wins £2,000 Troubadour prize

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A young American currently studying at Oxford University, Michaela Coplen, pictured, has won the £2,000 Troubadour international prize with her poem ‘Re-branding’. Kathryn Maris, one of the two compet...

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News

Deadline nears for WoLF/Write Out Loud competition on 'vision' theme

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The deadline is the end of December for Wolverhampton Literature Festival’s 2020 poetry competition, in conjunction with Write Out Loud, on the theme of “vision”. This year's judge Roz Goddard, pictur...

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Competitions

'The woods look as if they might have a thousand years ago'

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Sometimes a poem can seem to be like a jeweller's setting, in which a gemlike image is presented. This one, by Chase Twichell, who lives in upstate New York, has one of those perfect gems of observati...

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American Life in Poetry

Inspirational (2)

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In the last post I was writing about poets who inspired me, who gave me the aspiration to write. Poets who taught me what I needed to be writing about, and sometimes how.

There are other kinds of i...

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