Catherine Graham reads poem about the Tyne on BBC radio's The World at One

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An award-winning poet from the north-east featured on the BBC Radio 4’s World at One lunchtime news programme this week, reading her poem about the river Tyne.

Catherine Graham read ‘Hyem (Home)’, as part of the programme’s Rivers series, where listeners have been invited to contribute pieces about their favourite river. The recording included Catherine singing. She said: “I'd stood at differen...

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Don't make poetry an optional 'add-on' in schools, warns poet laureate

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The poet laureate Simon Armitage has added his voice to those criticising the decision by the exams body Ofqual to make poetry optional at GCSE. Armitage, whose work is part of the GCSE syllabus, said the move was sad, at a time when “poetry seems to be really having its moment, because of the comfo...

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Award-winning performance poet changes name to Kae Tempest

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The award-winning performance poet Kate Tempest has announced a change of name and pronoun. The poet said on Instagram: “Hello old fans, new fans and passers by - I’m changing my name! And I’m changin...

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Poetry deemed optional for next year's GCSE exam students 'to ease virus pressure'

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Poetry will be optional for GCSE English literature students next year, as part of changes for the 2021 paper brought in by the exams body Ofqual to “ease the pressure on many students and teachers” a...

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Fighting for breath, bats, and a tomato sandwich: poet's near-death experience on a Covid-19 ward

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National Poetry Library mothballed until 2021 as Southbank Centre staff protest at cuts

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