Shahidha Bari to chair Forward prize judges panel

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The presenter of BBC Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme Free Thinking, Shahidha Bari, will chair this year’s Forward prizes panel of judges, it was announced on Monday. Bari is a writer, academic and broadcaster working in literature, philosophy and art. She teaches at the University of London.

She is joined on the panel by Jamie Andrews, head of cultural and learning programming at the British...

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Bestselling poet Rupi Kaur leads way as poetry sales soar by 12%

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The best-selling Instagram poet Rupi Kaur helped boost sales of poetry to an all-time UK high last year, according to book sales monitor Nielsen BookScan. The Guardian reports that sales grew by more than 12% in 2018.

In total, 1.3 million poetry books were sold in 2018, adding up to £12.3m in sa...

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Mary Oliver, award-winning poet of the natural world, dies aged 83

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Mary Oliver, a celebrated and award-winning poet of the natural world, has died at her home in Hobe Sound, Florida, at the age of 83. She published more than 20 collections, and won the 1984 Pulitzer ...

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Poetry newcomer Hannah Sullivan wins £25,000 TS Eliot prize

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An associate professor of English at New College, Oxford, has won the £25,000 TS Eliot prize with her debut poetry collection. Hannah Sullivan’s Three Poems, published by Faber, is the third debut col...

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Poem about nuclear tensions wins Costa poetry prize

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A book-length poem about nuclear tensions of the cold war period has won the Costa poetry prize. Assurances by JO Morgan uses a mix of versed and unversed passages to eavesdrop on the thoughts of thos...

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Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Regulars and newcomers to Stockport Write Out Loud will be gathering on Monday 14 January for another open-floor poetry night at Stockport art gallery. Each month a collage poem is put together from r...

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Simon Armitage awarded Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry

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Simon Armitage, one of the contenders to succeed Carol Ann Duffy as poet laureate later this year, has been awarded this year's Queen’s gold medal for poetry, it has been announced.

Armitage, who g...

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