'Democracy can never be defeated': Amanda Gorman is youngest poet to perform at inauguration

Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration on Wednesday, winning wide praise for her inspirational and thoughtful poem 'The Hill We Climb'. The 22-year-old from Los Angeles was following in the footsteps of the likes of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.

The incoming first lady, Jill Biden, is a fan of her work. Gorman became the youth poet laureate o...

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'All I knew was that I was to go to Abbey Road and bring three poems'

One of the poets involved in the Cerys Matthews poetry and music album project has spoken of his “joyous surprise” at being asked to contribute, and of attending a recording session at the famous Abby Road studios.

Adam Horovitz, whose memoir of growing up in 1970s and 80s Cider with Rosie countr...

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Marianne Faithfull to release album of Romantic poetry readings

Legendary 1960s figure Marianne Faithfull has unveiled her latest album project – reading the works of the Romantic Poets, including Keats’ To Autumn, and Ode to a Nightingale, Shelley’s Ozymandias, a...

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TV programme on Cornwall pays tribute to poet Jack Clemo

A tribute has been paid during a TV series about Cornwall to “one of  Cornwall’s most celebrated poets”, Jack Clemo. In a section of Rick Stein’s Cornwall, Stein talks to writer Philip Marsden about  ...

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Singer and DJ Cerys Matthews in album project with 10 poets

Musician and DJ Cerys Matthews is a great champion of poetry. The singer, songwriter and broadcaster, who hosts a weekly music show on BBC Radio 6 Music, has chaired the Forward prize judges in 2014, ...

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Alexa, what's the latest about Brian Bilston, poet laureate of Twitter?

The poet laureate of Twitter, Brian Bilston, is a bit less of a mystery man these days. For a while it’s been known that he is actually Paul Millicheap, a former academic publisher from Oxford, aged 5...

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TS Eliot Prize readings and announcement of winner to be streamed on Sunday 24 January

The £25,000 TS Eliot Prize readings will be combined with the chair of the judges’ announcement of the winner in a streamed event hosted by Ian McMillan at 7pm on Sunday 24 January. Tickets for the ev...

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Write Out Loud regular offers free copy of spare poetry pamphlet to first email claimant

Write Out Loud regular MC (Mark) Newberry is offering a free copy of a poetry collection about the American civil war that was recently reviewed on this website to the first email claimant. Following ...

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'Walking generates poetic ideas ... I always come back with a couple of good adverbs': Simon Armitage on BBC's Saturday Live

Simon Armitage spoke about the process of becoming poet laureate on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live at the weekend. He said that at first, “as I understand it, there were a number of conversations going o...

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Poetry is precious in these '24-7' times, says Carol Ann Duffy

Poetry can provide an antidote to a “24-7 babble … which is not good for our mental health”, the former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy told listeners on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour this week.

She add...

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Eavan Boland wins posthumous Costa poetry prize

The Irish poet Eavan Boland, who died last year aged 75, has been posthumously awarded the Costa poetry prize, it was announced on Monday night. Her final collection, The Historians, published in Octo...

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