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Over the Edge: Norbert Hirschhorn, Holland Park Press

Norbert Hirschhorn is a public health physician, commended in 1993 by President Bill Clinton as an American Health Hero in the tradition of physician-poets. More recently he was the recipient of the Pupin medal, conferred by Columbia University in the city of New York in recognition of his longstanding service to the nation in science. He is the author of six full collections including, most recen...

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How to succeed as a poetry compere: Born Lippy’s Donald Jenkins delivers a masterclass

There are poetry night comperes that embrace the limelight, and there are other comperes who can’t help being the centre of attention, even if they’re not trying to be. Donald Jenkins, MC of the eclectic Born Lippy monthly event in Newcastle, combining poetry, comedy, hip-hop and “all things wordy”,...

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The Process of Poetry, from first draft to final poem: ed. Rosanna McGlone, Fly on the Wall Press

Far too often you come across volumes of poets talking about their craft, and you are left none the wiser. Rather than dispelling the mystique, they merely add to it. Now here comes a book that miracu...

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Caribbean influencer: meet Shaniqua Benjamin, Croydon's poet laureate 

In April last year Croydon became the latest London Borough of Culture, a title it will hold for a year, and which was secured with the help of Shaniqua Benjamin, the south London borough’s first poet...

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Sands of time and tide on poetry walk at coastal nature reserve

Take a Bronze Age burial site, add a tsunami from Norway that saw off Doggerland, fossilised tree stumps, and tales of Grace Darling. Plus wonderful birds making the most of a reclaimed opencast mine ...

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Away with the Birds: eds. Simon Fletcher, Kuli Kohli, Offa's Press

Britain’s Big Garden Birdwatch, which takes place each year at the end of January, with many thousands taking part, is said to be the world’s largest garden wildlife survey. Even if we don’t agree on ...

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Chemistry, poetry, and laughing gas: analysing the verses of Sir Humphry Davy

In 1799 - the year that Napoleon gained power in France – the chemist Sir Humphry Davy, at the age of 21, discovered the physiological effect of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. Being Davy, he wrote a ...

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New Blues and Other Poems: Adrian Green, Littoral Press

Adrian Green is a former small press editor who has published two other full collections, Chorus and Coda and All that Jazz and Other Poems. He is a trustee of the Jazz Centre (UK), and ran a traditio...

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