Poetry from the allotments to give you a glow ... Steve Pottinger, Emma Purshouse, and Dave Pitt

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If you’re looking for something to cheer you up in these dispiriting times of Covid phase two, look no further … I stumbled across this on social media the other day, a wonderful film-poem by the masterly performance poet Steve Pottinger, called ‘Come to Me Now.’

It’s a poem written for a community project about the seasons on Boundary Way allotments in Wolverhampton that enjoys a view of the S...

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Caroline Bird's 'The Air Year' wins £10,000 Forward prize for best collection at online ceremony

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Caroline Bird has won the £10,000 Forward prize for best collection with The Air Year, it was announced on Sunday at a special online ceremony. After receiving the award, she thanked her Carcanet publisher Michael Schmidt, “for sending that letter when I was 14, and supporting me ever since”. Bird, ...

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'I will be happy if the whole world knows': Nigerian poet protests at Lagos killings in poem on Write Out Loud

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A young Nigerian poet has used Write Out Loud as a platform to draw attention to protests in his country that are believed to have claimed the lives of at least 12 people, and brought condemnation fro...

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Margaret Atwood returns to poetry with first collection in more than 10 years

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The bestselling and award-winning Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood – author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye, and Alias Grace among many others - publishes her first book of poetry for over a decade...

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Ten contenders on TS Eliot prize shortlist are revealed

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The 2020 TS Eliot prize shortlist has been announced by judges Lavinia Greenlaw, Mona Arshi and Andrew McMillan, chosen from 153 poetry collections submitted by British and Irish publishers. The list ...

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Linton Kwesi Johnson shares PEN Printer prize with missing Eritrean poet detained since 2001

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An Eritrean poet, Amanuel Asrat, who was arrested in 2001 when editor-in-chief of the leading Eritrean newspaper Zemen, and has been held incommunicado since, has been named International Writer of Co...

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Last day for posting poems on Places of Poetry map as anthology is published

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Last year’s popular Places of Poetry project, in which poets were able to post their poems on a map of England and Wales, is being revived for a few days from the start of October.

In 2019 poets we...

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Louise Glück awarded Nobel literature prize for 'austere beauty' of 'unmistakeable poetic voice'

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The American poet Louise Glück has been awarded the 2020 Nobel prize in literature for her “unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal”.

Glück, who is w...

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Happy to be alive, grateful to the NHS: recovering Michael Rosen talks about Covid

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The poet and author Michael Rosen, who spent 47 days in intensive care earlier this year after contracting Covid-19, and came close to death, has talked about his rehabilitation, and about how it has ...

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Dr John Cooper Clarke to launch 'I Wanna Be Yours' autobiography

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The Bard of Salford, Dr John Cooper Clarke, will be launching his memoir I Wanna Be Yours, published by Picador, on 15 October with a live online event at Vout-O-Reenee's in London. He will be joined ...

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Write Out Loud's Beyond the Storm anthology plays its part in a different kind of National Poetry Day

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Write Out Loud played its part during National Poetry Day, with BBC Radio Leeds broadcasting a 'montage' of selected poems from our Beyond the Storm anthology of poems about the Covid era during the d...

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Pascale Petit's 'Mama Amazonica' wins inaugural £5,000 Laurel prize

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Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica has won the inaugural eco-poetry Laurel prize, which was inaugurated by the poet laureate Simon Armitage. The announcement was made at an onlin...

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Dr John Cooper Clarke to launch 'I Wanna Be Yours' autobiography

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The Bard of Salford, Dr John Cooper Clarke, will be launching his memoir I Wanna Be Yours, published by Pan Macmillan, on 15 October with a live online event at Vout-O-Reenee's in London. He will be j...

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Ireland's Derek Mahon, whose poem caught pandemic mood, dies aged 78

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One of Ireland’s leading poets, Derek Mahon, whose poem ‘Everything Is Going to be All Right’ is said to have captured the national mood during the pandemic, has died at the age of 78, the Irish Times...

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