'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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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 the remarks when launching his plans to reverse government cuts in arts funding. The popularity of lef...

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A series of unpublished and previously unseen poems by Ted Hughes written shortly after the poet’s lover, Assia Wevill, killed herself and their daughter, Shura, in 1969 - six years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