Wayne Holloway-Smith wins National Poetry Competition

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Wayne Holloway-Smith has won the Poetry Society's £5,000 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The posh mums are boxing in the square’. One of the judges, Kei Miller, said:  "It seems unfair at times that poetry, one of the chief articulators of our deepest sentiments, should be required in the same breath to avoid sentimentality. But when you see it done, as it is done so well in ‘The posh m...

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Poetry publisher hits appeal target in just two days after losing Arts Council grant

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A poetry publisher that unexpectedly lost its Arts Council grant has met its initial cash target within two days of launching a Crowdfunder appeal. The Poetry Business, a poetry publisher and writer development agency that includes the  Smith|Doorstop imprint and literary magazine The North  launche...

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Raymond Antrobus wins Ted Hughes award

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The British-Jamaican spoken word poet Raymond Antrobus, who was born deaf, has won the £5,000 Ted Hughes award for innovative poetry for his collection The Perseverance, published by Penned in the Mar...

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The Beat goes on ... Lawrence Ferlinghetti is 100

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The city of San Francisco declared 24 March ‘Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day’ as the renowned American poet celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday 24 March 2019.

Ferlinghetti, who is regarded as one of ...

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Poets take to the train or head for seaside on World Poetry Day

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It’s World Poetry day on Thursday 21 March – and in Suffolk six poets will be taking to the train for a poetry parade. Starting at Ipswich station from 12.30pm, the poets will perform on the platforms...

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Loud and proud: marking Women's Day!

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It’s International Women’s Day today – and to mark the occasion Manchester publishers Flapjack Press are staging a free event at Manchester Central Library hosted by Rosie Garland and featuring Flapja...

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Actor injured in incident outside Scottish Poetry Library after tribute event

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An actor was allegedly stabbed in Edinburgh on Saturday after taking part in an event at the Scottish Poetry Library. Tam Dean Burn had been speaking at the event, a tribute to the late poet Tom Leona...

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Poetry comes alive in Leamington as town plans first festival this summer

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An innovative new poetry festival that includes involvement with local schools will take place this summer in a town originallly immortalised in a poem by Sir John Betjeman.

The first Leamington po...

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Archers star Ben Norris to compere slam at StAnza festival

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A member of the cast of long-running radio series The Archers is one of the “stars of the future and new voices” that will be taking part in Scotland's International StAnza poetry festival between 6-1...

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