‘Shaman’ Ted Hughes and the royals: Simon Armitage on a previous laureate’s reverence for the monarchy

The relationship of a previous poet laureate, Ted Hughes, to the Royal Family, and his shamanistic and “witch-doctor” attitude towards the royals, was discussed on a special edition of BBC3’s The Verb on Friday night, presented by Ian McMillan.

The programme was recorded in the Queen’s Library at Windsor Castle, in a nod to the Queen’s upcoming platinum jubilee. Among the many historical treasu...

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Culture secretary Nadine Dorries turns to rap poetry

They don’t call her the culture secretary for nothing … Nadine Dorries, who certainly has her critics, has turned to rap poetry to publicise government plans to improve online safety. In a video on the social media platform TikTok she says, to background music:

 

“The UK is passing some new le...

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Double triumph! TS Eliot winner Joelle Taylor is Saboteurs best spoken word performer

Joelle Taylor has won this year’s Saboteur award for best spoken word performer, it was announced at the awards ceremony in Birmingham on Saturday night. It is a remarkable stage and page achievement ...

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Bestselling poet Rupi Kaur to tour UK later this year

The bestselling poet Rupi Kaur, who rose to worldwide fame via Instagram, has announced her world tour for 2022, which will include performing in 17 cities across the UK and Europe, beginning on 9 Sep...

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Poetry Pharmacy launches £3,800 project to fund 'Physic Garden'

The Poetry Pharmacy in Bishops Castle, Shropshire – a Victorian shop packed with poetry, philosophy and well-being books, ‘pills’ and other literary gifts and products, plus cafe, and a social space f...

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'The People Who Run The Country': Luke Wright's new video

Performance poet Luke Wright has released a new music video, just in time for this week's local elections. Titled ‘The People Who Run The Country’, and laced with swear words, it won’t be everyone’s c...

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Here are the Saboteur awards shortlists!

Luke Wright, Joelle Taylor, Cathy Carson, and Chris Singleton are shortlisted for this year’s Saboteur award for best spoken word performer. Two spoken word nights in Manchester feature in the best re...

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'Our waking breath': makar Kathleen Jamie delivers poem-letter from Scotland to Ukraine

Scotland’s makar Kathleen Jamie has curated a collective poem following a call-out to the public for submissions of lines of poetry in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Kathleen is joined in the ...

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