The Two Dylans: KG Miles and Jeff Towns, McNidder & Grace

This is a book about connections, some fleeting and tenuous, others less so, between Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas. Given that these two cultural icons never met each other (Dylan Thomas died in 1953), the idea for this book was always going to be a big challenge. The first chapter sets the scene by describing the moment when, 10 years later, Robert Zimmerman took the decision to change his name to B...

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Jane Commane to judge WoLF poetry competition

Jane Commane will be judging the £400 Wolverhampton literature festival (WoLF) poetry competition. The deadline is 31 December. More details

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'The mon tonight is closer to us'

Perhaps we are too close to the monumental moment in history to fully appreciate just how to approach it in poetry, but the poets are writing about this pandemic in the way that poets must — to find l...

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American Life in Poetry

'Despite occasional interference ...': Simon Armitage's poem 'Transmission Report' celebrates 100 years of the BBC

The poet laureate, Simon Armitage, has published a poem to mark 100 years of the BBC. ‘Transmission Report’ was broadcast on the BBC’s The One Show, which was rebranded The 100 Hundred Show for a week...

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Halloween is deadline day for National Poetry Competition

The deadline is Halloween, 31 October, for this year’s £5,000 National Poetry Competition, organised by the Poetry Society. This year’s judges are Greta Stoddart, Jason Allen-Paisant and Michael Symmo...

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'My father's seat empty, placemat bare'

This is an elegant elegy to a father who has passed, captured in the rituals that families create as a way to remember, to honour and even to celebrate. The extra place set at table before a feast of ...

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Time Matters: Julie Anne Gilligan, Dempsey & Windle

Born and brought up in south-east London, Julie Anne Gilligan has lived in Essex for the past 35 years. Time Matters is her second collection of poems, following The Thickness of Blood (2012). She hol...

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Ultrasilence: John Darwin, Flapjack Press

John Darwin’s poetry is crafted and lyrical, and admirably economical:  it doesn‘t hang about, cuts quickly to the chase. You can hear the music of not-fooled urban poetry in ‘Slim’: “By the shop of b...

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Five debut collections in 'unflinching, alive, haunted' TS Eliot prize shortlist

Organisers have announced the shortlist for the £25,000 TS Eliot prize, selected by judges Jean Sprackland (chair), Hannah Lowe and Roger Robinson. The list includes one previous winner, and five debu...

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'This sea: a Chevy engine revving high reminding me how everything’s design'

In 'Beachcomber Nocturne', Lupita Eyde-Tucker beautifully wrestles with the complex relationship that we sometimes have with nature, by first acknowledging that there is a strange colonising impulse b...

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Walking poet retraces steps for another look at City

A writer who published a poetry map of the nooks and passageways of the City of London has retraced her steps by issuing a second edition of the map, 11 years on. Eco-poet and walking artist Lucy Furl...

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Poet and volunteer teacher who learned lessons from refugees

Chichester poets will be welcoming a writer whose latest collection is based on her experiences as a volunteer teacher in an emergency asylum home in Berlin later this month. Clare Saponia is the head...

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Deborah Harvey to judge Indigo poetry prize

Deborah Harvey will be judging the £250 Indigo Dreams autumn poetry prize. The deadline is 30 October. More details

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It’s Honorary, Bab: Emma Purshouse, Offa’s Press

This book comes with a health warning. Wolverhampton’s legendary ‘man on the oss’, aka Prince Albert, is wearing a face mask and so is his horse. Both of them look alarmed. Perhaps they should be beca...

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Widow of Ted Hughes objects to fox sculpture planned for poet's birthplace in Mytholmroyd

The widow of former poet laureate Ted Hughes has objected to a new sculpture being built to commemorate him in his birthplace of Mytholmroyd in West Yorkshire, saying: “This project, the design of the...

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'We don't remember our birth, when a mother dies, it's gone'

Victoria Chang has an uncanny capacity to contain, in the compact machine of a well-honed poem, so much emotion and meaning. She explores such a core element of what connects us as human beings — the ...

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Long-established poetry magazine in drive for more subscribers

A poetry magazine that has been going for 30 years is aiming to increase its number of subscribers, and to avoid “less palatable options”. South magazine comes out twice a year, and is unsubsidised, n...

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The Presence and the Dream: edited by Serena Trowbridge and Sarah Doyle

The Pre-Raphaelites are a beloved part of this country’s cultural fabric. And so an anthology of a decade of the Pre-Raphaelite Society poetry prize is not such a niche product as it might first appea...

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'Don’t go down to the Railway Inn with anyone else but us!': Write Out Loud's poetry jam returns to Marsden jazz festival venue

Yes, the Write Out Loud Marsden Poetry Jam is back on again! After an absence of two years, the poetry jam is returning to its rightful home at the Railway Inn at 11 am on Sunday 9 October 2022, durin...

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Poetry-generating bicycle, poetry on the beach ... what's happening near you on National Poetry Day? The theme is the environment

Today, Thursday 6 October is National Poetry Day, with this year's theme the environment, and a host of poetry events taking place, according to the National Poetry Day website. Write Out Loud's Gig G...

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Searching for Black Britain: Roger Robinson and Johny Pitts at Manchester literature festival

Last year TS Eliot prize-winning poet Roger Robinson and acclaimed photographer Johny Pitts rented a Mini Cooper and followed the coast clockwise in search of Black Britain. Johny photographed black B...

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Veteran radical poet Tom Pickard reads at Newcastle protest rally

Veteran radical Tyneside poet Tom Pickard took part in an Enough is Enough rally in Newcastle on Saturday, one of a number of demonstrations that took place in cities around the country at the weekend...

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Write Out Loud Woking marks six years with anthology

A Write Out Loud open-mic poetry group has just published its first anthology. Finding Our Voices – The First Six Years has been masterminded by Rodney Wood, co-host of Write Out Loud Woking with Greg...

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