'Today is a good day': Lemn Sissay awarded OBE in Queen's birthday honours list

Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay has been awarded the OBE in the new Queen’s birthday honours list. Sissay, who was previously awarded an MBE, said on Twitter: “Today is a good day.” Sissay, who is chancellor of Manchester University and current guest director of Brighton Festival, was born to an Ethiopian mother in Britain in 1966. A social worker assigned to his mother by Wigan social services fo...

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Scientists and poets team up to explore creative links

An album pairing spoken word artists with scientists is being launched by spoken word label Nymphs & Thugs. The Experimental Words album features well-known scientists such as BBC Radio 4’s Professor Adam Hart, Professor Hannah Cloke, and author of Expert, Professor Roger Kneebone. Among the poets a...

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Easy does it … some poetry organisers ready for careful return to live venues

Leading performance poet Tony Walsh is looking forward to live venue appearances again as poetry makes tentative steps towards returning to venues as lockdown eases. Tony said on Twitter: “Live events...

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Meet the shortlisted contenders for this year's Forward poetry prizes

The 2021 Forward prize shortlists for best collection, best first collection and best single poem are announced today. The collections in the running for the £10,000 best collection award touch on the...

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Poems to mark massacre at gay nightclub to be released on anniversary

Poems by 16 LGBTQ poets are to be released on an album, We Will Keep On, in response to a documentary called Disarm Hate about the Orlando massacre at a gay nightclub in the US.

On 12 June, 2016, O...

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Spoken word series hosted by Benjamin Zephaniah wins Bafta award for best entertainment programme

Life & Rhymes, a four-part spoken word series on Sky Arts that was filmed during lockdown in a London park, was a surprise winner of the Bafta best  entertainment programme award on Sunday night, beat...

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Scottish poets ready to kick off the Euros

The Scottish Poetry Library is celebrating Scotland co-hosting with England the Group D matches of the Euros football championship with three live poetry events that can be watched online.

On Satur...

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Wigan poet Shaun Fallows included in artwork celebrating street

A regular poet and legend at Write Out Loud Wigan for the last 20 years – and more recently a regular contributor at Write Out Loud Woking on Zoom - has been included in a Wigan artwork celebrating th...

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