Project celebrates Worcester-Ledbury line's link with Dymock poets

Ledbury poetry festival and West Midlands Railway are celebrating the poetic heritage of a railway line, from Worcester Shrub Hill to Ledbury, and its association with the Dymock poets, including Robert Frost and Edward Thomas.

The Poetry on Platforms website says: “From the group of young poets and their families who visited each other in a little village called Dymock in the months before the...

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Rebels who won applause: Lemn Sissay on the dissidents of poetry

Poet Lemn Sissay features the Liverpool Poets in the first episode of a radio series titled Poetry Rebels on Friday 3 December. He looks at how Roger McGough and Brian Patten pushed aside the poetry establishment and started performing live in bars and clubs in the 1960s, making a direct connection ...

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Manchester Cathedral hands out £100 prizes to 10 winners

Manchester Cathedral has announced 10 winners of its 600th anniversary poetry competition, who will all receive £100 each. The winning poems are: ‘Fourteen Angels’ by Jane Burn; ‘Margaret Beaufort’s A...

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A new Write Out Loud night - in the West Midlands!

Write Out Loud is coming to the West Midlands! A new monthly Write Out Loud night is to be launched early next year in Worcester. It will be organised by Jan Scrine, and will take place at the History...

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Antrobus, Chingonyi, Kennefick, and Lowe shortlisted for Costa poetry award

Raymond Antrobus, Kayo Chingonyi, Victoria Kennefick, and Hannah Lowe have been shortlisted for the Costa poetry award, it was announced on Tuesday night. All four poets have also been shortlisted for...

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'Welcome to Tottenham': Foyle Young Poets winner featured on TV

A Foyle Young Poets award winner was featured on BBC TV’s London news programme on Tuesday reciting his hard-hitting poem ‘Welcome to Tottenham’. Seventeen-year-old Giovanni Rose’s poem includes lines...

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Can a robot write poetry? Ai-Da responds to Dante

A creative robot named Ai-Da is to appear at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum on Friday 26 November to give three public performances of poems she has written using her artificial intelligence, in response t...

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'Fail them, and I will rise': Kathleen Jamie's poem after COP26

Scotland’s new makar Kathleen Jamie has written a poem to mark the end of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. Titled ‘What the Clyde said, after COP26’, it refers to the river’s industrial herita...

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When Little Amal met Louise the poet in Wigan ...

Little Amal – the not so little puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian girl who has been walking 5,000 miles from Turkey to the UK to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by child refugees - was greete...

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John Agard is first poet to win children's literature award

The Afro-Guyanese writer John Agard has become the first poet to receive the BookTrust lifetime achievement award, which is intended to celebrate the work of an author or illustrator who has made an o...

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No more odd odes: farewell to The Archers poet in residence

Write Out Loud is sorry to hear of the death of Bert Fry, a character from the long-running Radio 4 serial The Archers, who had become in recent years the show’s unofficial poet in residence. Bert spe...

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Simon Armitage's Stanza Stones poems seen in new light - and at new locations

Ilkley literature festival has joined forces with the poet laureate Simon Armitage to revisit the Stanza Stones collaboration as part of the ‘Bradford is LiT’ celebrations of light taking place at the...

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When Sir Paul McCartney met Paul Muldoon: former Beatle and poet discuss the song lyrics

Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday night as part of the Southbank Centre’s London literature festival, a celebration of poetry and lyricism. He was discussing his song ly...

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Luke Kennard's 'Notes on the Sonnets' wins £10,000 Forward prize

Luke Kennard has won this year’s £10,000 Forward prize for best collection for Notes on the Sonnets (Penned in the Margins), a collection of responses to Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, which he described ...

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'I didn't want it to be too clever': satirist Armando Iannucci's mock-heroic poem about pandemic

Satirist Armanda Iannucci has published a mock-heroic poem called Pandemonium about the Covid pandemic, in the style of Milton’s Paradise Lost. Talking on the BBC’s Front Row Radio 4 programme, Iannuc...

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New plea to help save William Blake's cottage in Sussex

The 17th-century thatched cottage in Sussex where the visionary poet and painter William Blake wrote the words to Jerusalem, is at risk of being lost because of decay, Historic England has said.

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Poets for the Planet at UN climate change conference in Glasgow

The environmental poetry group Poets for the Planet, made up of award-winning poets and spoken word artists from around the world, appeared with researchers from Imperial College London at the COP26 G...

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