Irish president leads tributes to 'charm, wit and passion' of poet Brendan Kennelly

Tributes have been led by Ireland’s president after the death of Brendan Kennelly, who was described by the Irish Times as one of the country’s most popular poets, at the age of 85.

Kenelly was being cared for at a nursing home in Listowel, Co Kerry. He had not been well since a heart bypass operation, retiring from Trinity College, Dublin in 2005, and later moving from Dublin to be with family...

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Sister of murdered MP Jo Cox attends 'Poems of Hope' sessions after killing of Sir David Amess

Batley and Spen MP Kim Leadbeater, who is the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox, joined Batley Poets on Saturday when they delivered Poems of Hope at the Green in Heckmondwike and Batley market place, West Yorkshire, as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week. 

Kim said on Twitter in the aftermath ...

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Heaney’s landscape: five key places on poet’s inspirational map

The links between the poetry of Seamus Heaney and his Northern Ireland landscape have been made more accessible to visitors. Open Ground, a series of five locations which held great significance for H...

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'Clear and compelling voices': the TS Eliot prize shortlist is unveiled

Judges Glyn Maxwell (chair), Caroline Bird and Zaffar Kunial have chosen the 2021 TS Eliot prize shortlist from a record 177 poetry collections submitted by British and Irish publishers. The list comp...

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Poetry editor Amy Wack retires after 30 years with Seren

Poetry editor Amy Wack, who is retiring after 30 years at the independent publishers Seren, based in Bridgend, south Wales, has confessed in an interview that she has “an almost purely musical ear for...

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Seán Hewitt wins £5,000 Laurel prize

Seán Hewitt was won this year’s £5,000 Laurel prize for his debut collection Tongues of Fire. The Laurel prize, set up by the poet laureate Simon Armitage, is an annual award for the best collection o...

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Delayed by Covid ... but now Manchester's poetry library has opened its doors

Manchester Poetry Library has opened its doors at last. Its opening, which finally took place last month, was delayed by the Covid-19 lockdown. The north-west’s first poetry library is at Manchester M...

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Today! It's the big day ...

It's National Poetry Day! This year’s theme is Choice – and you can find out about some of the events taking place today on the organisation’s map here. The Reader charity, which recruits volunteers t...

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Boris Johnson quotes poet and praises the wealth of Stoke Poges

Boris Johnson found himself rooting around for metaphors among the dead in a country churchyard when he recruited the 18th century poet Thomas Gray to support his “levelling up” agenda in his speech a...

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'That eye-on-the-object look': Auden quoted by Labour leader at conference

We’ve had US president Joe Biden quoting Seamus Heaney, on more than one occasion – and last week the labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was citing WH Auden in his leader’s speech to the Labour party conf...

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'Joy Uncensored' film of poetic battler Joy France wins festival prize

A short documentary film about performance poet and rap battler Joy France has won the best documentary award at the Women Over 50 film festival. The documentary titled Joy Uncensored, made by Norther...

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That people thing … enjoying poetry for real at our live open-mic poetry venue again

For the past month or so Write Out Loud has been heralding the return of live, in-person open-mic poetry all over the country – and last night I experienced it for myself, on a cold, wet Thursday, the...

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