'I'm a classic late developer': Penguin publishes Linton Kwesi Johnson's Selected Poems

The veteran dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson has talked about the language he uses in his poems, of being a “classic late developer”, and of joining the youth wing of the British Black panthers while still at school, in a long and wide-ranging interview to the Observer to coincide with the publication of his Selected Poems by Penguin.

“I was trying to find a bridge between standard English and spo...

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Corbyn and McCluskey to talk politics and poetry in Edinburgh

The former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is no stranger to poetry. He has quoted Shelley on the stage at Glastonbury, and also revealed that he wrote poetry on the train during his Labour leadership campaign. Now he is appearing with his old political pal, former Unite union leader Len McCluskey, on t...

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The Plumb Line: Hélène Demetriades, Hedgehog

The Plumb Line by Hélène Demetriades is presented in three parts: ‘Beginnings’ in which the poet shares her troubled childhood, from the ever present “ogre” of her father, to the veritable prison of b...

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Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn 'writes poetry on the train'

The Labour party leadership contender, Jeremy Corbyn, has revealed that he has been writing poetry on the train during his leadership campaign. Corbyn, who said he also is an abstract painter, made th...

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Celebrating the Horovitz poetry family and the Slad valley

A poetry event celebrating the work of Michael, Frances, and Adam Horovitz, and focusing on poetry written during or about the 10 years they lived together in Gloucestershire’s Slad valley, is taking ...

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Ahoy there! BBC radio programme looks at the dialect poetry of 'island city' Portsmouth

Poet Maggie Sawkins has investigated the dialect poetry of the ‘island city’ of Portsmouth in a BBC Radio 4 programme broadcast on Sunday. Maggie Sawkins, pictured, is a winner of the Ted Hughes award...

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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 regular 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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A Triptych of Birds & a Few Loose Feathers: Pratibha Castle, Hedgehog

The title of this impressive debut pamphlet collection is delightful, if a little misleading. Although the first poem features long-tailed tits, and other birds, including blackbirds, sparrows, and cr...

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Caroline Bird to judge £1,000 Oxford Brookes competition

Caroline Bird will be judging the £1,000 Oxford Brookes international poetry competition. The deadline is 31 August. More details  

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Lining up a mix of 'radical poetry, music, cabaret and mayhem'

Wig Out! At the Wandle, a night offering “radical poetry, music, cabaret & mayhem” will feature Phil Jeays (England’s answer to Jacques Brel), Project Adorno (Geek electro-pop on libraries, Daleks, an...

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Imtiaz Dharker inaugurated as chancellor of Newcastle University

The poet Imtiaz Dharker has been inaugurated as Chancellor of Newcastle University, at a ceremony that also saw the former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy awarded an honorary degree.  Dharker’s appointm...

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Life speeds up for Slowdown podcast host: Ada Limón is new US poet laureate

Ada Limón has become the 24th poet laureate of the United States. She succeeds Joy Harjo, who served as poet laureate for an unprecedented three terms. Limón, who is aged 46 and is of Mexican descent,...

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Poems by Ted Hughes written after the death of Assia Wevill and their daughter Shura to be auctioned

A series of unpublished and previously unseen poems by Ted Hughes written shortly after the poet’s lover, Assia Wevill, killed herself and their daughter, Shura, in 1969 - six years after the suicide ...

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In the simmer dim: Barbara Cumbers, Dempsey & Windle

I’ve always wanted to go to Shetland. Geologist Barbara Cumbers spent a month’s residency there in 2017, and has visited the islands on several other occasions. Reading her pamphlet In the summer dim ...

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Mark Connors joins Write Out Loud's reviewing team

We at Write Out Loud are delighted to welcome a new poetry reviewer to our team. Mark Connors is a poet, novelist, creative writing facilitator, open mic organiser … well, you name it!

Mark, from L...

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The Telling: Julia Webb, Nine Arches Press

In Julia Webb’s third poetry collection she examines the complexities of familial relationships, between children and parents and vice versa, and others we closely co-exist with as lovers. It’s a tell...

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Welsh-Iraqi poet Hanan Issa is new national poet of Wales

Welsh-Iraqi poet Hanan Issa has been named the new National Poet of Wales. She takes over the role from Ifor ap Glyn, who completes his tenure this summer.

Her publications include the collection M...

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Grace Nichols and John Agard bring messages from the Caribbean to Chichester

You might as well describe them as poetry royalty. Wife and husband Grace Nichols and John Agard – both recipients of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry – were the two headliners at the Poetry & Jazz C...

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Hollie McNish and John Hegley at Coventry's SkyLines festival

Hollie McNish, with Michael Pedersen, and John Hegley are the headline poets at Coventry’s SkyLines festival of poetry and spoken word, with most live events taking place at the city’s Belgrade theatr...

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Larkin and Owen poems dropped from GCSE syllabus

“What will survive of us is love.” This is the often-quoted final line of Philip Larkin’s poem ‘An Arundel Tomb’, which has not survived a rethink of a GCSE English literature course by an examination...

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Deadline nears for Foyle Young Poets of the Year

The 31 July deadline is nearing for the 2022 Foyle Young Poets of the Year award open to young people aged 11-17 worldwide. It will be judged this year by Anthony Anaxagorou and Mona Arshi. More detai...

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Marsden Write Out Loud enters new era

For over ten years, Write Out Loud has run its popular and highly successful open-mic poetry group at the library in the Mechanics, a physical landmark in a village of poetic ones, being the birthplac...

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Ian Duhig wins £15,000 Hawthornden prize for literature

Ian Duhig has been awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, worth £15,000, for his New and Selected Poems. The judges were Christopher Reid, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Neel Mukherjee, William Waldegrav...

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Michael Longley wins top European poetry prize

Irish poet Michael Longley has received the 2022 Feltrinelli International Prize for Poetry, awarded every five years by the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome. The prize is one of the most prestigious Euro...

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