Seven poets share Bread and Roses poetry awards

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Seven poets have won this year’s Bread and Roses poetry awards, organised by arts website Culture Matters. The seven are: Jane Burn (‘Handbook for 2021’);  Annie McCrae (‘A Stitch in Time’); Raymond Miller (‘Donkey Jacket’); Jenny Mitchell (‘Burden of Ownership’); Antony Owen (‘If Boris Johnson had a Cuppa with my Nan from Willenhall’); Laura Taylor (‘Salvation’); and Sylvia Telfer (‘All Our Shado...

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Zoë Skoulding wins Wales Book of the Year poetry award

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Zoë Skoulding has won the Wales Book of the Year poetry award with her collection Footnotes to Water, published by Seren, it was announced on Friday. 

In Footnotes to Water Skoulding follows the mysterious path of the culverted Afon Adda in Bangor, close to where she lives, half-heard under the m...

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Scottish Poetry Library to operate 'click and collect' service

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The Scottish Poetry Library will begin operating with a reduced ‘click and collect service from 17 August. After browsing the SPL’s online catalogue, users can order a book they wish to borrow by emai...

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Salford University launches award in tribute to innovative poet and artist Leanne Bridgewater

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A university has paid tribute to a former creative writing MA student and innovative poet who died at the age of 29 last year, by inaugurating an award in her honour.

Salford University has set up ...

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John McCullough wins £15,000 Hawthornden prize for literature

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The vagaries of the literary awards process during lockdown have been illustrated after poet John McCullough revealed on Friday that he had won the 2020 £15,000 Hawthornden prize for literature.

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Four-year-old boy who dictates poems to mum wins publishing deal

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A young poet has just landed a publishing deal – at the age of four. Nadim Shamma-Sourgen, who is still learning to read and write, dictates his poems to his mum. His poems include ‘My Lonely Garden’,...

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Bradford poetry group resumes meetings in pub

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As lockdown rules ease, one poetry group has started holding live meetings again. Bradford’s Beehive Poets, who used to meet at the New Beehive Inn every Monday, went back there last week for the firs...

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Kate Clanchy's teaching memoir wins Orwell prize for political writing

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The poet, writer and teacher Kate Clanchy has won the Orwell prize for political writing for her  “moving and powerful” memoir, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, about working as a teacher i...

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Celebrated teacher launches anthology of lockdown poems by former pupils

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A poet and teacher awarded an MBE for her services to literature, after working with migrant and refugee children as writer In residence at Oxford Spires Academy, has launched an anthology of poetry c...

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Louise Fazackerley joins The Verb discussion on the poetry of violence

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Leading spoken word poet Louise Fazackerley will be taking part in an exploration of the poetry of violence on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb on Friday at 10pm. Host Ian McMillan will also be joined by former...

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Linton Kwesi Johnson wins PEN Pinter prize

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The poet and reggae recording artist Linton Kwesi Johnson has been award the 2020 PEN Pinter prize. The PEN Pinter Prize was established in 2009 by the charity English PEN, which defends freedom of ex...

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Derek Owusu wins £10,000 prize for novel in verse

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Derek Owusu has won the £10,000 Desmond Elliott prize for his novel-in-verse That Reminds Me. The book is a semi-autobiographical tale of a British-Ghanaian boy called K. Owusu is a writer, poet and p...

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