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Today in history

  • 1512

    Martin Luther: On the 21st of October 1512 Luther is received into the senate of the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg [Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany]

  • 1772

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born in 1772 in Ottery St Mary, Devonshire. His father was a respected vicar and headmaster at the grammar school in Ottery. [Ottery St Mary, Devon, United Kingdom]

  • 1866

    Gerard Manley Hopkins: Hopkins decided to become a Catholic and traveled to Birmingham to meet with John Henry Newman who received him into the church. [Birmingham, United Kingdom]

  • 1904

    Patrick Kavanagh: Irish Poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh was born in 1904 in Inniskeen, County Monaghan. His father was a shoemaker and a farmer. [Inniskeen, County Monaghan, Ireland]

  • 1915

    Wilfred Owen: In 1915, Owen enlisted with the 3/28th London Regiment which then became the Artists Rifles Officer Training Corps. [London, United Kingdom]

  • 1969

    Jack Kerouac: Kerouac was admitted to hospital with internal bleeding and died, at the age of 47. The cause was thought to be due to cirrhosis of the liver. [New York, United States]

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TS Eliot Shortlist/Sorley Play – Poetry News Roundup October 19th


Our final poetry news round up of the week brings you the shortlist for the TS Eliot Prize. We also take a look at a play about the life of the poet Charles Sorley. 2018 TS Eliot Prize Shortlist Announced The shortlist for this year’s TS Eliot Prize has been announced, and it could be said to be somewhat political. There are five debut collections in the list - which is 10 strong ...

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