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#ComfortAndHope/Hardy’s Wife’s Letters/Zuckerberg’s Poetry Message – Poetry News Roundup April 3rd

 

Our final news round-up of the week takes a look at more #comfortandhope poems, recently founds letters written by the wife of Thomas Hardy and Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook poetry message. #comfortandhope Earlier this week we brought you an article about the best-known voices from the BBC who were reading a poem of special importance to them on Radio 4. Yesterday the poem was These ...

Exmouth Poetry Competition/Poetry From The Web/Poem A Day Initiative – Poetry News Roundup April 2nd

 

Today on My Poetic Side we take a look at a poetry competition in Exmouth, a clever internet tool that creates poetry from webpages and the Poem-a-Day initiative for National Poetry Month in America. Coronavirus Lockdown Poetry Competition Stuart Lines Cruises, an Exmouth attraction, has launched a poetry competition in the hopes of providing positive memories for people to focus on in the coming ...

Whiting Award/Whitman Award/Radio 4’s Poetry Readings – Poetry News Roundup April 1st

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we look at the winners of this year's Whiting Award and the Walt Whitman Award. We also bring you the #comfortandhope poetry readings from BBC Radio Four. Whiting Award Prize 2020 Jake Skeets, a Navajo poet has been named as one of this year's winners of the Whiting Award. The Giles Whiting Foundation has named 10 writers this ...

Rosen Very Ill/Bristol Poet Celebration – Poetry News Roundup March 31st

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we look at the poet Michael Rosen who is ill in hospital and the poet genius who will be celebrated in Bristol. Michael Rosen “Very Poorly” Says Family As children all over the country will be hoping to spot bears in peoples windows as they get some exercise, and go on a bear hunt – inspired by the book ...

Virtual Protest March/Imagine Remakes – Poetry News Roundup March 30th

 

To start the week, here at My Poetic Side with a focus on the campaigners who took to the internet in a virtual protest march. We also comment on the remakes of Imagine that have materialised over the last couple of weeks. Virtual March to Save Reading Gaol Campaigners looking to save the re-development of Reading Gaol had their plans to hold a match ...

Oxford’s Poetry Festival/Sonnets Read Online – Poetry News Roundup March 27th

 

In our final poetry news of the week, we have an article about the Oxford Poetry festival which has been postponed and we look at the stars reading sonnets online. Oxford Poetry Festival Postponed The Oxford, Nova Scotia poetry festival which was due to take place in April has been postponed until 2021. Concerns over the spread of COVID-19 and the restrictions on travel ...

Sheffield’s Next Laureate?/Belarusian Freedom Day/Dante Success – Poetry News Roundup March 26th

 

Today, our roundup explores news of a potential new Poet Laureate, the celebration of Freedom Day in Belarus, and Dante Day Success. Student from Sheffield Hailed as Next Poet Laureate During an award ceremony that celebrated women, Sylvia Chen, a student from Sheffield, was hailed as a contender to be the next Poet Laureate. Chen was at the awards ceremony, which took place in ...

Dante Day – Poetry News March 25th

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we look at the online event taking place in Italy to mark Dante Day. Dante Day March 25th marks Dante Day, or Dantedi, the day that Italy had put aside to remember the poet Dante Alighieri. This year marks the 700th anniversary of his death and would have been the first Dantedi. With the country in lockdown as ...

Poet Inspired Print Exhibition/Mackellar Awards – Poetry News Roundup March 24th

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we look at the print exhibition inspired by a poet and the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. Gallery Show Inspired by Poet On Thursday last week, a fortnight-long art exhibition opened in Henley. The work on display was produced by a group made up of 14 different printmakers. The exhibition, titled “The Poetics of Print” had been put together to ...

Laureate’s New Poem/World Poetry Day – Poetry News Roundup March 23rd

 

We begin the week here on My Poetic Side with a look at the Poet Laureate’s new poem, and this year’s World Poetry Day. Poet Laureate Pens Coronavirus Poem In his new poem about coronavirus Simon Armitage, the poet laureate takes a look at Eyam, the heroic village who put themselves into quarantine in 1665 in order to contain the spread of Black Death. The ...