Smartphone trail celebrates Yeats links in Nobel centenary year

TV and radio presenter Jeremy Vine has launched a smartphone trail of eight poetry places associated with WB Yeats in the west London suburb of Bedford Park, Chiswick. 'Discover Bedford Park with WB Yeats' is a guided, web-based walk for anyone with a smartphone or tablet, and narrated by actor Ciarán Hinds.

This year marks the centenary of Yeats winning the Nobel prize, and the smartphone tria...

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Bolton calling! Jeff Dawson recites poem on radio in support of town down on its luck

Bolton poet Jeff Dawson was featured this week on a BBC Radio Manchester programme about his home town, which has missed out on the government’s ‘levelling up’ grants, despite making a bid for millions to help revive its shopping centre. The programme was broadcast live from Bolton, and looked the t...

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Anthony Joseph wins £25,000 TS Eliot prize with Sonnets for Albert

Anthony Joseph has won the £25,000 TS Eliot Prize for poetry for his collection Sonnets for Albert, it was announced on Monday night. The autobiographical collection follows on from his earlier work B...

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Writer and poet Ronald Blythe dies aged 100

The oldest member of Suffolk Poetry Society, the celebrated writer and poet Ronald Blythe, has died at the age of 100. Seven years ago he spoke at Aldeburgh poetry festival, at an event reported by Wr...

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Countdown for the 10 contenders for £25,000 TS Eliot Prize

It’s the countdown to the TS Eliot Prize readings, which take place at the Royal Festival Hall at London’s Southbank Centre on Sunday 15 January, starting at 7pm. Tickets are still available, but if y...

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'A poet who will not conform to expectations': Selima Hill wins King's Gold Medal for Poetry

Selima Hill has been awarded the King’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Buckingham Palace has announced. A committee chaired by the poet laureate Simon Armitage recommended her as the 2022 recipient on the bas...

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Poet Kevin Higgins who sent poems from hospital dies aged 56

The Irish poet Kevin Higgins, who continued to write poems in hospital as he lay seriously ill with leukaemia, has died in Galway at the age of 56. The poems were published regularly in the Galway Adv...

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Poetry publisher Penned in the Margins announces 'indefinite hiatus'

The independent and innovative poetry publisher Penned in the Margins, whose recent title The English Summer by Holly Hopkins was shortlisted for this year Forward best first collection prize, has ann...

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Serbian-US poet Charles Simic dies aged 84

A Serbian-born American poet who as a child survived second world war bombings of his city of Belgrade has died at the age of 84. In his early childhood in the former Yugoslavia Charles Simic and his ...

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Sorry for the 'security warning' ... we hope all is now back to normal

Apologies to Write Out Loud users who found themselves unable to access the website for a time on Monday because of an unusual security warning that appeared on their computers. We’re sorry to say tha...

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Rallying against the invader: anthology of 100 Russian anti-war poems is launched

An anthology of 100 poems by writers in Russia, Ukraine and the Russian diaspora expressing their outrage and disbelief about Vladimir’s Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been published on the first day...

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