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Shelley Memorial/Silenced Poet Is Heard – Poetry News Roundup May 5th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the proposed memorial for Shelley and the war poet whose poems have never been heard before. Memorial to Shelley is Supported by Michael Rosen A £40,000 fundraiser is being launched by the Shelley Memorial Project in order to create a memorial to the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in Horsham. Michael Rosen, the former Children’s Laureate ...

RSL Ondaatje Prize/Moth Poetry Prize/Vaccine Poetry – Poetry News Roundup May 3rd

 

We begin the week with a look at the shortlist for the RSL Ondaatje Prize, the winner of the 2021 Moth Poetry Prize and the Covid Vaccine inspired poetry installation. RSL Ondaatje Prize Shortlist The shortlist for this year’s Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize has been announced. There are six writers on this years list for the £10,000 prize: Nina Mingya Powles, Ruth ...

Anthony Thwaites Passes Away – Poetry News April 29th

 

Today our poetry news roundup looks at Anthony Thwaites, the poet and editor who has died at the age of 90. Anthony Thwaites Dies Aged 90 The poet Anthony Thwaites has died at the age of 90. He had been struggling with illness for a long time. A prolific writer in his own right, he was perhaps best known for his work as a ...

OCM Prize/ Frost Manuscript / Hebrew Poetry Prize – Poetry News Roundup April 26th

 

Today’s poetry news roundup looks at the winner of the OCM Bocas Prize, the Robert Frost manuscript that is going up for auction and the winner of the Hebrew Poetry Prize. OCM Bocas Prize 2021 Canisia Lubrin, St. Lucia born poet, has won this year's OCM Bocas Prize for The Dyzgraphxst. The poem, which is book-length, was described by the judges as “postcolonial poetry ...

Poet Animated/Maya Angelou Coin/Laureate’s Tour – Poetry News Roundup April 21st

 

Today’s poetry news roundup looks at an animation series based on the life of a poet, the designs for the Maya Angelou coin and the Poet Laureate's A-Z tour. Sadi’s Bustan Appears in Animation Series An animation series is in production in Iran which will be based on the famous Bustan of Sadi, the 13th-century Iranian poet. The series will be titled “Travels of Sadi” ...

Prince Philip’s Elegy/Griffin Prize/Poet’s Coin – Poetry News Roundup April 19th

 

We begin another week on My Poetic Side with a look at An Elegy for Prince Philip, the shortlist for the Griffin Prize and the poet to be honoured with a coin. An Elegy for Prince Philip From Simon Armitage Simon Armitage, The Poet Laureate has penned “The Patriarchs – An Elegy” for Prince Philip. In it, he says he has deliberately avoided the sycophancy that ...

Thomas Portrait At Auction/Dante Celebration Launches/Iran’s Homage To Poets – Poetry News Roundup April 14th

 

Today’s poetry news round-up takes a look at the last portrait of Dylan Thomas, another Dante project, and the unusual alley names in an Iranian village. Swansea Artist Portrait of Dylan Thomas Goes up For Auction A painting which is part of a series painted by Gordon Stuart in 1953 was created at Dylan Thomas’s home. It is one of the last paintings ...

Poet In Vogue/Poet’s Academy Award/Keats Confusion – Poetry News Roundup April 12th

 

We begin the week with a look at the first poet to be pictured for the cover of Vogue, the winner of the First Book Award and whether Keats meant to write about a Thrush rather than a Nightingale. Poetry on Vogue The poet Amanda Gorman has become the first-ever poet to be featured on the cover of Vogue magazine. Following her appearance in January ...

Anisfield-Wolf Award/Poetry Prize Lauch/V&A Exhibition – Poetry News Roundup April 7th

 

Today on My Poetic Side, we take a look at the 2021 winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a new poetry prize that has been launched and an exhibition at the V&A. Anisfield-Wolf Award Winners 2021 Natasha Trethewey, the former poet laureate of the US is amongst the winners of this year’s Anisfield-Wolf Awards. The prize is given for books that help to promote ...

Burns’ Return/Threat to Brontë Sisters’ Moors – Poetry News Roundup April 5th

 

Our first poetry news round-up of the week looks at a statue of Robert Burns returning to the village of his birth and the threat to the moors that inspired the Brontë sisters. Antiques Roadshow Values Poet Statue On Sunday, the Antiques Roadshow saw one of its heaviest ever pieces bought in by a member of the public. The episode, which took place near ...