We Have to Leave the Earth: Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Seren

Bearing witness to environmental issues that interweave with our vulnerable and imperfect human condition is the reflection that Carolyn Jess-Cooke develops in her poems.

The collection is divided into four sections that consistently and clearly explore themes linked to global warming in the Arctic and the consequences for the planet; the author’s experience as a mother of an autistic child; Jo...

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Seasons of Damage and Beauty: Paul Surman, Dempsey & Windle

Oxford-based poet Paul Surman has written poetry since he was a teenager but did not make any serious move to get his work published until he retired early in 2004. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and his first collection, Places (Oversteps Books) was published in 2018. He is a member of...

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Spoken word artist's book seeks to empower South Asian women

A book by a spoken word artist from east London that has been described as both a memoir and a guide to empowerment for South Asian women and girls has been featured on Channel 4 News.

Brown Girl L...

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After six-year 'exile' poets are back at Sowerby Bridge's Puzzle Hall

The Puzzle poetry open mic night has returned to its eponymous home at the Puzzle Hall pub in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, in another welcome sign of live grassroots poetry making a comeback after ...

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Write Out Loud in Worcester tonight

Write Out Loud’s newest poetry night is opening its doors again on Monday 28 February for all those who enjoy writing, reading - or just listening. Worcester Write Out Loud will be meeting at the Hist...

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Zephaniah warns against plan to cut access to student loans

The poet and academic Benjamin Zephaniah, who a professor of creative writing at Brunel University, has warned against government proposals that would see anyone failing GCSE maths and English barred ...

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Wordsworth's 'Daffodils' manuscript goes on show at Grasmere

A manuscript of the William Wordsworth poem most associated with the Lake District has returned to Cumbria. A handwritten copy of ‘I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud’ has gone on show at Wordsworth Grasmere...

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Stories collected by Poet on the Street reveal another side of city

A book that maps a poetic history of Winchester and was brought about by Winchester poetry festival’s Poet on the Street, Jonny Fluffypunk, has been published.

Winchester: A Poetic History in Incon...

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Mike Booth is guest host at Write Out Loud Sale

Experienced compere Mike Booth will be guest host at Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside arts centre, Sale on Monday 21 February. It’s nothing but open mic this month – five-minute slots and it start...

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Margate to mark centenary of TS Eliot's The Waste Land

In a seaside shelter at Margate in 1921, TS Eliot wrote the lines: "On Margate Sands./I can connect/Nothing with nothing./The broken fingernails of dirty hands./My people humble people who expect/Noth...

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Selima Hill shortlisted for £30,000 Rathbones Folio prize

Selima Hill is the only poet to have been shortlisted for this year's £30,000 Rathbones Folio prize, an award which is open to all works of literature written in English, it has been revealed. She joi...

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Where is Innocent Bahati? Worldwide concern over Rwandan poet missing for a year

It is a year since popular Rwandan poet Innocent Bahati disappeared in suspicious circumstances, prompting over 100 writers, including Margaret Atwood, Ben Okri, and JM Coetzee, to call on Rwandan pre...

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'Joyous and universal': Hannah Lowe wins £30,000 Costa book of the year for 'The Kids'

Hannah Lowe has won the overall £30,000 Costa book of the year award for her poetry collection The Kids, it was announced on Tuesday night. The chair of judges, BBC news journalist Reeta Chakrabarti, ...

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Long and winding road, or ‘motorway of Wales’? Bilingual anthology will celebrate the A470

A bilingual English-Welsh poetry anthology celebrating a road that runs the length of Wales, from Llandudno to Cardiff, will be released on St David’s Day by independent publisher Arachne Press. A470:...

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Clanchy finds new publisher for book revised after 'racism' row

Swift Press will publish Kate Clanchy’s Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, along with her prose backlist, after Pan Macmillan parted company with the poet and author, The Bookseller has repor...

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