Caroline Bird's 'The Air Year' wins £10,000 Forward prize for best collection at online ceremony

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Caroline Bird has won the £10,000 Forward prize for best collection with The Air Year, it was announced on Sunday at a special online ceremony. After receiving the award, she thanked her Carcanet publisher Michael Schmidt, “for sending that letter when I was 14, and supporting me ever since”. Bird, who was born in 1986 in Leeds, intended the title of her collection to refer to the first year of a ...

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'I will be happy if the whole world knows': Nigerian poet protests at Lagos killings in poem on Write Out Loud

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A young Nigerian poet has used Write Out Loud as a platform to draw attention to protests in his country that are believed to have claimed the lives of at least 12 people, and brought condemnation from the UN, the US Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, the UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab,...

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Margaret Atwood returns to poetry with first collection in more than 10 years

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The bestselling and award-winning Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood – author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye, and Alias Grace among many others - publishes her first book of poetry for over a decade...

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The Wednesbury Mangle Theory: Marion Cockin, Offa's Press

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first recorded use of the word ‘mangle’ in English dates from 1598 when John Florio, in his dictionary A World of Words described it as “a kind of press...

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Write Out Loud relives some memorable live poetry moments

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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 some of our favourite reviews to refresh memories, a...

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Tony Walsh, London, 2015

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One of spoken word’s leading ambassadors and heroes, Tony Walsh, came down south from the north-west on Thursday night to tread the boards of a former Victorian music hall in London.

Walsh was topp...

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'A man trying to extricate himself, afraid to open his eyes'

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Often, for me, it’s a single image that really makes a poem, and in this poem by Jeff Worley, from his chapbook Lucky Talk, published by Broadstone Books, it’s “a man conducting an orchestra/ of bees....

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The Blunted Axe: David Greygoose, Dreich

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Followers of David Greygoose will know him from the medieval folk tales in his novel Brunt Boggart. As David Ward he has been the power behind the Liverpool Windows Project, supporting poetry in the c...

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Resilience is the theme for Freedom From Torture poetry competition

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The Freedom From Torture organisation that supports torture survivors is staging a poetry competition with the theme of Reslience in advance of its three-day literary festival next month. The deadline...

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Foyle Young Poets award celebrates huge rise in number of poems entered as winners announced

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The Poetry Society has announced today the top 15 winners and 85 commended poets of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020 at a virtual prize-giving ceremony.

The top 15 Foyle Young Poets of ...

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Ten contenders on TS Eliot prize shortlist are revealed

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The 2020 TS Eliot prize shortlist has been announced by judges Lavinia Greenlaw, Mona Arshi and Andrew McMillan, chosen from 153 poetry collections submitted by British and Irish publishers. The list ...

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Linton Kwesi Johnson shares PEN Printer prize with missing Eritrean poet detained since 2001

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An Eritrean poet, Amanuel Asrat, who was arrested in 2001 when editor-in-chief of the leading Eritrean newspaper Zemen, and has been held incommunicado since, has been named International Writer of Co...

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How we brought more readers to poetry - Neil Astley on Bloodaxe’s Staying Alive series, and the new anthology

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On National Poetry Day, Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley launched Staying Human, the fourth in his hugely popular series of world poetry anthologies that began in 2002 with Staying Alive (sub-title: ‘real ...

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'My love, I am pledging to this republic, for however long we stand'

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Jehanne Dubrow is the wife of a recently retired naval officer and has written very moving poems about their life. This fine love poem is from an as-yet unpublished manuscript. She lives in Texas and ...

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December deadline for Roger McGough prize on theme of 'identity'

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The £150 Arts Richmond Roger McGough poetry prize is open for entries on the theme of ‘identity’. The deadline is 18 December. More details

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Simon Armitage and Jade Cuttle to judge £5,000 Gingko eco-poetry prize

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The £5,000 Gingko prize for eco-poetry, in association with the Poetry School, will be judged this year by the poet laureate Simon Armitage, and Jade Cuttle. This year there is also a separate £500 pr...

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Last day for posting poems on Places of Poetry map as anthology is published

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Last year’s popular Places of Poetry project, in which poets were able to post their poems on a map of England and Wales, is being revived for a few days from the start of October.

In 2019 poets we...

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'Going off like some lavish parade into the great overcrowded silence'

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Edwin Muir’s poem 'The Horses' published many years ago, envisioned a future in which the work horse would return, and with them we’d have a new beginning. Today, some of our fellow creatures aren’t t...

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Platinum Blonde: Phoebe Stuckes, Bloodaxe

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Phoebe Stuckes is an award-winning poet, four times winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year award, former Barbican Young Poet and Ledbury poetry festival’s young poet in residence in 2015. She als...

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Poetry by Heart launches seventh national recitation competition for pupils

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The Poetry by Heart organisation has launched its 2021 national poetry recitation competition for pupils. The competition is free to enter. Students aged 7-18 (key stages 2, 3, 4 and 5) choose a poem ...

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Louise Glück awarded Nobel literature prize for 'austere beauty' of 'unmistakeable poetic voice'

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The American poet Louise Glück has been awarded the 2020 Nobel prize in literature for her “unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal”.

Glück, who is w...

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Write Out Loud Poetry Jam, Marsden, 2016

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The annual Write Out Loud poetry jam at Marsden? That’s just another open mic, isn’t it? Well, no, actually. This is the fifth consecutive year I’ve attended the yearly shindig on the Sunday morning o...

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Happy to be alive, grateful to the NHS: recovering Michael Rosen talks about Covid

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The poet and author Michael Rosen, who spent 47 days in intensive care earlier this year after contracting Covid-19, and came close to death, has talked about his rehabilitation, and about how it has ...

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Herd Queen: Di Slaney, Valley Press

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Poet, publisher and animal sanctuary founder Di Slaney has an MA in creative writing from Nottingham Trent University and owns Candlestick Press. Her debut pamphlet, Dad’s Slideshow, was published by ...

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Dr John Cooper Clarke to launch 'I Wanna Be Yours' autobiography

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The Bard of Salford, Dr John Cooper Clarke, will be launching his memoir I Wanna Be Yours, published by Picador, on 15 October with a live online event at Vout-O-Reenee's in London. He will be joined ...

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Write Out Loud's Beyond the Storm anthology plays its part in a different kind of National Poetry Day

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Write Out Loud played its part during National Poetry Day, with BBC Radio Leeds broadcasting a 'montage' of selected poems from our Beyond the Storm anthology of poems about the Covid era during the d...

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Pascale Petit's 'Mama Amazonica' wins inaugural £5,000 Laurel prize

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Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica has won the inaugural eco-poetry Laurel prize, which was inaugurated by the poet laureate Simon Armitage. The announcement was made at an onlin...

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Dr John Cooper Clarke to launch 'I Wanna Be Yours' autobiography

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The Bard of Salford, Dr John Cooper Clarke, will be launching his memoir I Wanna Be Yours, published by Pan Macmillan, on 15 October with a live online event at Vout-O-Reenee's in London. He will be j...

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Ireland's Derek Mahon, whose poem caught pandemic mood, dies aged 78

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One of Ireland’s leading poets, Derek Mahon, whose poem ‘Everything Is Going to be All Right’ is said to have captured the national mood during the pandemic, has died at the age of 78, the Irish Times...

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