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Rosen Leaves Intensive Care/Lana Del Rey’s Spoken Word Piece – Poetry News Roundup May 25th

 

We begin the week with the good news that the poet and author Michael Rosen has left intensive care. We also look at Lana Del Rey's latest spoken-word piece. Michael Rosen Leaves Intensive Care The poet and author who was the Children’s Laureate from June 2007 to June 2009 has spent the last 47 days in intensive care having been admitted to a London ...

Harlem Stamps/Lockdown Poetry Parties – Poetry News Roundup May 22nd

 

This Friday, we take a look at the Harlem Renaissance commemorative stamps. We also take a look at poetry parties in lockdown. Postal Service in US celebrates the Harlem Renaissance Voices A new set of postal stamps has been issued by the US Postal Service. The set of four stamps celebrates the legacies and lives of four of the greatest voices from the movement. ...

Sissay’s Virtual Talk/World Bee Day – Poetry News Roundup May 21st

 

Today on My Poetic Side we take a look at Lemn Sissay's virtual appearance at ADOBF and the United Nations World Bee Day. Lemn Sissay Talks About his Childhood in Virtual Session The British playwright, poet and author Lemn Sissay will be giving a virtual talk as part of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF). The event has been organised by the Abu Dhabi ...

Griffin Prize Winner/Iranian Book Published By Penguin – Poetry News Roundup May 20th

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we take a look at the 2020 winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize. We also take a look at the Iranian poetry book that will be published in English by Penguin. Kaie Kellough Named Winner of 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize The poet from Montreal has been named as the winner of this year's Griffin Poetry Prize for his ...

Derek Walcott Poetry Prize/Pandemic Poetry Rush – Poetry News Roundup May 19th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the Derek Walcott poetry prize and the rush to publish books of poetry and novels based on the current pandemic. 2020 Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry The Derek Walcott Festival, in collaboration with the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Arrowsmith Press, has published the shortlist for the inaugural Derek Walcott Prize. The prize is offered for ...

Lockdown Poem Recorded/Springsteen and Pinsky – Poetry News Roundup May 18th

 

We begin the week with a look at the poem Lockdown which has been recorded to music. We also have an article about Bruce Springsteen and Robert Pinsky. Poet Laureate Records Lockdown Poem The UK poet laureate, Simon Armitage has joined forces with the actor Florence Pugh to record a lockdown poem. The recording features Armitage’s latest poem “Lockdown”, which has been set to ...

Griffin Finalists/Climate Change Poetry Grant – Poetry News Roundup May 15th

 

Our final news round-up of the week takes a look at the finalists of this year's Griffin Poetry Prize. We also look at the grant awarded to a poetry project looking at climate change. 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize Finalists This year the Griffin Poetry Prize, like so many other top poetry prizes has had to change the way in which they will complete their ...

Canadian Poets’ Awards/Poet Inspired Israeli Street/Ferdowsi Day – Poetry News Roundup May 14th

 

Today, My Poetic Side looks at the League of Canadian Poets' Awards, the Israeli street that has been named after a poet, and the commemoration of Ferdowsi day in Tehran. 2020 Poetry Awards – League of Canadian Poets The League of Canadian Poets have made an announcement about the winners of this year's awards. There are four categories in total and each category winner ...

Google Doodle Celebrates Poet/Stamford Poet Laureate Audition – Poetry News Roundup May 13th

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we bring you the poet celebrated with a Google Doodle and the unusual audition for a poet laureate in Stamford. Saadat Hasan Manto Celebrated with Google Doodle The Pakistani playwright, poet and writer Saadat Hasan Manti has been celebrated in a Google Doodle to mark the date of his 108th Birthday. The doodle was designed by the artist ...

Book Of Hopes/Keats-Shelley Archives – Poetry News Roundup May 12th

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we take a look at The Book of Hopes and the Keats-Shelley archives as they venture online. The Book Of Hopes Whilst the former poet laureate of the UK, Carol Ann Duffy, is collecting poems from respected poets to catalogue people’s feelings during the pandemic, Katherine Rundell the children’s author has turned her attention to something aimed at ...