Poetry among the birches with Robert Macfarlane on Winterwatch

Poetry featured on BBC’s recent Winterwatch nature programme, with nature writer Robert Macfarlane reciting his verses in praise of silver birches, and talking about their beauty and importance.

Macfarlane revealed that “when I was a child, I sometimes wrote on birch barks.” His simple but inspiring poetry includes lines such as “Snow is falling, my silver seeker / Soon the path will be lost to...

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Kate Clanchy parts company with publisher after 'culture war' row

Pan Macmillan and author Kate Clanchy have parted company “by mutual consent”, following criticism of the poet and teacher’s Orwell prize-winning book, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, The Bookseller has reported.

Clanchy's book was criticised last year for its portrayal of young peopl...

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Making history! Leena helps launch first night of Worcester Write Out Loud

Former Worcestershire poet laureate Leena Batchelor, second from right, was there to help launch the first Worcester Write Out Loud evening on Monday. Leena is currently poet in residence at The Comma...

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Kim Moore to judge £600 Poets & Players competition

Kim Moore will be judging the £600 Poets & Players competition. The deadline is 23 February. More details

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What's the story? Scotland's seven-day poetry festival returns, live and online

Tickets are now on sale for the seven-day, hybrid StAnza poetry festival, Scotland’s annual international poetry festival, which will take place in March from its festival hub in St Andrews, Fife. StA...

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Smokestack Books looks back at first 199 titles in anthology

The radical independent publisher Smokestack Books has published a retrospective anthology containing one poem from each of the 199 titles it has published since 2004.

Smokestack Lightning includes...

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Award-winning poet Paul Muldoon: 'Too much is made of literary prize-winning'

The multi award-winning poet Paul Muldoon has cautioned that the winning of literary prizes “doesn’t really mean anything”. The Irish Times reported that Muldoon, who has won the Pulitzer prize for po...

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Deadline nears for Brian Dempsey Memorial poetry prize

Konstandinos (Dino) Mahoney will be judging the Brian Dempsey Memorial poetry prize. First prize is publication of the winner’s pamphlet, judged from entry of 10 poems. The winner of this prize will  ...

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Richard Skinner to judge Kent & Sussex competition

Richard Skinner will be judging the £1,000 Kent & Sussex Poetry Society open poetry competition. The deadline is 31 January. More details

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One Day: poetry to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

There will be a poetry reading at Shrewsbury Abbey on Thursday 27 January to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, when  victims of genocide around the world are remembered, and especially the victims of the N...

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Book of poetry writing tips to be launched online from Manchester Poetry Library

Why I Write Poetry: Essays on Becoming a Poet, Keeping Going and Advice for the Writing Life, edited by Ian Humphreys, pictured, is being launched online from Manchester Poetry Library on 27 January a...

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Happy birthday, Robert Burns!

Happy birthday to the poet Robert Burns, born today – 25 January – in 1759 in a village in Ayrshire in Scotland. The popularity of Burns has led to his birthday being celebrated all over the world on ...

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'A blazing book of rage and light': performance poet Joelle Taylor wins £20,000 TS Eliot Prize

Performance poet Joelle Taylor has won the £20,000 TS Eliot Prize for her collection C+nto and Othered Poems. The book is described as entering “the private lives of women from the butch countercultur...

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Poetry School moves London courses to Somerset House

The Poetry School is marking its 25th anniversary by moving its London-based workshops, events and other activities to Somerset House Exchange, an arts centre in the heart of the capital. The move wil...

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Gaia Holmes to judge Red Shed poetry competition

Gaia Holmes will be judging the £100 Red Shed poetry competition. The deadline is 31 March. More details

 

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A new Write Out Loud night - in Worcester tonight!

We at Write Out Loud are very excited about a new monthly Write Out Loud night that’s starting in Worcester very soon. The first evening is being held on Monday 24 January at the History and Heritage ...

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Love & Other Fairy Tales: Adam Horovitz, Indigo Dreams

Last year the poet Adam Horovitz published his latest collection. It was also the year when he lost his father, the legendary Michael Horovitz, at the age of 86.

There is a poignant poem about Mich...

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Publisher hits £1,050 target in plea to fund 'dictionary' by young poet

A poetry publisher has reached its funding appeal target to help pay for the publication of a 998-page manuscript in memory of a young poet. In 2013, the innovative poet, artist, and animal rights act...

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Paperfolders: Chris Hemingway, Indigo Dreams

Poet and songwriter Chris Hemingway was born in Mansfield, studied in Leeds and Manchester, and now lives and works in Gloucestershire. His debut pamphlet Party in the Diaryhouse (Picaroon Poetry) was...

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Image of poet Maya Angelou to appear on US quarters

The image of American poet Maya Angelou, who has been dubbed the “black woman’s poet laureate”, is to appear on US quarter coins. Angelou, an American author, poet and civil rights activist, rose to p...

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Campaigners launch new appeal to 'discover' west London background of WB Yeats

Campaigners who raised £135,000 to fund an artwork to commemorate Irish poet WB Yeats’ early years in the west London suburb of Bedford Park have launched the next phase of their appeal.

Discover B...

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Goodbye and best wishes to Jeff Dawson after 10 years at the helm of Bolton Write Out Loud

Write Out Loud is reluctantly saying farewell, and wholeheartedly offering our thanks and warmest wishes to one of our longest-serving poetry night organisers. Jeff Dawson aka Jeffarama! has been runn...

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Gillian Clarke to judge £1,000 Rialto nature and place competition

Gillian Clarke will be judging the £1,000 nature and place poetry competition, run by The Rialto magazine with RSPB, BirdLife International, Cambridge Conservation Initiative and The University of Lee...

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Deadline nears for Edward Thomas competition

The deadline is 15 January for entries to the £150 Edward Thomas Fellowship poetry competition. The judge is Jamie McKendrick. More details 

 

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Thinking outside the Unboxed: 'connectivity and the universe' competition

The deadline has been extended to 9 January for a poetry and/or animation competition called About Us aimed at youngsters aged from four to 18 on the theme of ‘connectivity and the universe’. The Poet...

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Young Write Out Loud

Mollusc: Mark Totterdell, The High Window

Mark Totterdell was born and brought up in rural Somerset and now lives in Exeter where he works as a copywriter. His first collection, This Patter of Traces was published by Oversteps Books in 2014. ...

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Submissions open for Yaffle anthology competition

Submissions are open until 31 January for the Yaffle poetry prize, with the winner receiving £200, and publication in the Yaffle prize anthology, along with the runners-up, highly commended poets, and...

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Hannah Lowe's 'The Kids' wins Costa poetry award

Hannah Lowe has won the Costa poetry prize with her collection of sonnets The Kids (Bloodaxe), which draws on her years of teaching in an inner-city London sixth form, and her experiences as a teenage...

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Love Algorithm: Eleni Cay, Black Spring Press

Eleni Cay is a Slovakian-born poet living in England and Norway, and writes in a number of languages. She has published one previous full collection, and three pamphlets.

You might say that her lan...

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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 later this month in Worcester. It will be organised by Jan Scrine, and will take place at the Histor...

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