Poetry in a family’s time of transition: how it helped Claire Dyer to embrace her child’s gender journey
Claire Dyer is a poet, novelist, and mother. Her new poetry collection Yield is about her child transitioning from son to daughter, and traces the process in which she moved from grief to understanding and acceptance, to the point where all she wanted was for her poems to say ‘I love you’ to her child. In this interview with Greg Freeman, Claire talks of the moment when she broke down in tears during a poetry class, and how he...
I never really got on with Wordsworth. From the start of our relationship, I found him preachy and prosy, telling me how I ought to feel and saying wh...
5th Mar 2021 11:56 am
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year competition for 11-17-year olds was launched on 4 March, World Book Day. The judges this year are Clare Pollard and ...
4th Mar 2021 10:48 pm
You don’t expect poetry to crop up in a chancellor’s Budget speech. But on Wednesday Rishi Sunak – more known for polishing his image on social media ...
4th Mar 2021 10:08 am
One of the last members of the American Beat poetry scene, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, has died at his home at the age of 101. Ferlinghetti co-founded the ...
24th Feb 2021 11:46 am
During the coronavirus shutdown Write Out Loud has been looking back at some wonderful live poetry moments over the last few years … and re-running so...
26th Feb 2021 9:28 pm
Free Verse’s Poetry Book Fair at Conway Hall in London would still draw the crowds, even if it was just about selling books – but it is always a lot m...
26th Feb 2021 9:27 pm
Antony Owen is a poet of war and peace, who posted poems on that subject on Write Out Loud more than a decade ago. He has gone on to publish several c...
3rd Mar 2021 9:52 am
The theme is ‘transformation’ and Fiona Sampson is the judge of the £300 Cheltenham poetry festival single poem competition, with the additional prize...
2nd Mar 2021 5:50 pm
Polly Stretton is chair of the Open University Poetry Society, one of the Croome Poets linked with a National Trust mansion and park in Worcestershire...
1st Mar 2021 12:00 am
How has a poet with a pseudonym, whose work mostly rhymes and includes a large slice of humour, amassed so many followers – more than 80,000 at the la...
2nd Mar 2021 1:46 pm
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