Live and online all-day Poem-a-Thon raises over £25,000 to aid Ukraine

The Poem-a-Thon, a fundraising project to aid people in Ukraine, took place on Mothers Day, and involved 50 poets reading for five minutes each between 11am and 5pm, at JW3, a Jewish arts and community centre in north London, either in-person or via Zoom. In the evening there was a “gala event”, with high-profile poets lending their voices to the cause, which raised more than £25,000.

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'False news is news with the pity edited out': Simon Armitage's poem about the war in Ukraine

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Scottish festival event originally featuring Ukrainian poets to go ahead in show of support

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