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* Marvellous poem by Charlotte Higgins, one of the Poetry Society's Slambassador winners

* He's still going strong, of course. But here's a short piece about John Cooper-Clarke when he first burst on to the punk scene 

* Edward Thomas's biographer Matthew Hollis gives a tour of landmarks of Steep, Hampshire, where the poet lived and worked

* The Guardian's books blog has a performance poetry thread running. Fifty comments when we last looked.  

* Interview with Jarvis Cocker on publishing his song lyrics with Faber

* Oxford's professor of poetry, Geoffrey Hill, mentions Mills and Boon in discussing the work of poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy 

*  The mysteries of editing poetry: from TS Eliot to John Burnside

* The BBC's Nick Higham talks to poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy

* Simon Armitage on falling asleep in trains, writing poem that fit in with Faber typesetting, and walking the Pennine Way. New Statesman interview 

Liz Lochhead reads My Rival’s House, Imtiaz Dharker reads Honour Killing, Simon Armitage reads An Accommodation, Fleur Adcock reads Strangers On a Tram, Paul Farley reads Treacle, Robin Robertson reads At Roane Head, and Jo Shapcott reads I go Inside the Tree, in a Guardian series of poets reading their own work. 

* A librarianship student with the Poetry Library at the South Bank in London is doing a study on how people use poetry to support their emotional wellbeing. You can help by completing a short survey. 

* “It might sound odd to call up-state Huddersfield a mysterious place, but when you get to the end of those valleys and the roads fizzle out, they're great venues for the imagination."  Simon Armitage talking about the lure of the Pennines and his new translation, The Death of King Arthur, in a Guardian interview.

* BBC Newsnight: Why Oxford’s professor of poetry Geoffrey Hill includes Frankie Howerd and Ken Dodd among his inspirations.

* The Poetry Society: Roger McGough’s poem about the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree.


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Sat 28th Jan 2012 21:45

I think that would be brilliant Win. If we could have a dynamic poet, who loved performing... and get them to do little slots before or after the news - like Kate Bush did all those years ago, singing Heathcliffe...we'd have the whole nation loving poetry!

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winston plowes

Sat 28th Jan 2012 20:30

How would it be if the next Poet Laureate was predominantly known for their performances rather than their printed word? It would certainly be a change and might represent a development in the status of the Poet Laureate to 'speak' to the people more directly.

Just a thought, Win

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Greg Freeman

Sat 28th Jan 2012 19:42

Hi Charlotte, thanks for checking out the Carol Ann Duffy link. I don't think poets are able to nominate themselves for prizes, even if they are the poet laureate, but maybe you mean Carol Ann Duffy's publishers should not put her in the running, and she should instead step back and give someone else a chance. She won the Costa prize for poetry this year, and was on the TS Eliot prize shortlist. In fact, she doesn't appear in the latest Forward awards at all. The Forward judges were Antonia Fraser, Sameer Rahim, Leonie Rushforth, Fiona Sampson, and they were chaired by the previous poet laureate, Andrew Motion. The Forward has different categories, including best first collection, so Duffy would not be eligible for that one at least!

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Charlotte Henson

Sat 28th Jan 2012 18:39

Again, hardcore Duffy fan, but she's not much of a speaker is she? Found myself wishing she'd get on with it. Also, I think it's selfish for such an established poet to nominate herself for things like the Forward Prize, where new poets are very important, and form a big part of the whole prize in general. How can new poets hope to compete with that? T.S. Eliot Prize, fair enough, but not Forward.

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