Hat-trick for Jamie Thrasivoulou as he wins Saboteur award for best spoken word performer

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It was a great night for Derby at the Saboteur awards on Saturday night. Jamie Thrasivoulou, who is the official poet for Derby County FC, with his poem ‘We Are Derby’ played on the big screen before every home game at Pride Park stadium, was this year’s winner of the Saboteur award for best spoken word performer, it was announced at the presentation ceremony in Birmingham.

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Outsider candidate in Oxford Professor of Poetry poll calls for change

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Andrew McMillan, Alice Oswald, and Todd Swift have emerged as the three candidates to succeed Simon Armitage as the next Oxford Professor of Poetry.

Voting will open on Thursday 23 May and close on Thursday 20 June. The result will be announced the following day.

If Alice Oswald wins, she woul...

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'I feel it's time to give something back': Simon Armitage is the new poet laureate

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There is a sense of celebration at Write Out Loud with the news that Simon Armitage, who grew up in the West Yorkshire Pennine village of Marsden, has been appointed as the new poet laureate. Write Ou...

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Sixty poets to read in 10-hour Poetry Cafe fundraiser

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Sixty poets, each reading for eight minutes, will be taking part in the Poetry Society’s Poem-A-Thon fundraiser on Saturday 18 May at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden from noon to 10pm. Entry is by do...

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Imtiaz Dharker turns down poet laureateship

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The poet tipped to succeed Carol Ann Duffy as the new poet laureate has turned down the job. Imtiaz Dharker, who won the Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry in 2015, and who has described herself as a “Scot...

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