Luke Wright voted best spoken word performer in Saboteur awards

Luke Wright, who performed nightly on Twitter for 100 consecutive nights from his Suffolk home at the beginning of lockdown last year, has won the Saboteur award for best spoken word performer, it was announced on Saturday at the awards festival’s digital event.

Publishers and partners Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling of Indigo Dreams won two awards – for most innovative publisher, and for best ...

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Sharing poetry and photos and anthology launch on Dylan Thomas Day

A host of events are lined up on Friday, 14 May, to celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day. It’s the anniversary of the date when Under Milk Wood was first read on stage at 92Y The Poetry Centre in New York in 1953. Community activities include a Love the Words Poetry Share – a global haiku share ...

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Nonagenarian's poetry collection becomes Amazon bestseller after granddaughter's Twitter plea

A 92-year-old poet has soared to the top of the Amazon poetry bestseller list, after his granddaughter urged friends on Twitter to support the book. Gordon McCulloch’s 101 Poems includes poetry about ...

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Lemn Sissay and Benjamin Zephaniah on Indie Book Awards list

Two books by leading poets are on the shortlist for the Indie Book Awards, it was announced today. They are Lemn Sissay’s memoir My Name Is Why, and Benjamin Zephaniah’s children’s novel Windrush Chil...

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Fundraising deadline extended in campaign for sculpture to mark the young life of WB Yeats in England

A poet who was brought up in England and won the Nobel prize currently has no monument in England. Ireland’s WB Yeats spent two-thirds of his young life among the London “roadways” and “pavements grey...

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Myanmar poet dies in detention after interrogation

A Myanmar poet has died in detention and his body was returned with the organs removed, his family said. The Guardian reported the death of Khet Thi, who wrote: “They shoot in the head, but they don’t...

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Separation, loss, inspiration: six poets talk about how the pandemic affected them

Raymond Antrobus was separated from his new wife for nine months during the pandemic lockdown; Hollie McNish lost her grandmother and found herself watching her funeral online; Jay Bernard lost two gr...

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Last few hours for voting in the Saboteur awards!

Publishing and life partners Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling of Indigo Dreams have notched up three shortlist nominations in the indie Saboteur awards, to be voted on over the next few weeks. Ronnie a...

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Simon Armitage launches library tour at 'Ashby-de-la-Zoom'

Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire seemed a fitting place to begin Simon Armitage’s 10-year – sorry, make that nine-year – lockdown-affected tour of the selected libraries of the nation, big and smal...

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