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Black Lives Matter/Poet’s Bookstore Set To Reopen – Poetry News Roundup June 10th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we take a look at a couple of stories linked to the Black Lives Matter protests and also a bookstore with links to a poet that is due to reopen shortly. Montgomery Calls for School Name Changes In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests that have gripped the United States, activists in Montgomery are now renewing their ...

Moscow Book Fair/Dawkins Award/Poet’s Statue – Poetry News Roundup June 9th

 

Today our poetry news round up takes a look at this years Moscow Book Fair, The Richard Dawkins Award and the possibility of a poet statue in Shrewsbury Square. Moscow Book Fair Goes Ahead Despite the restrictions put in place by the COVID 19 pandemic, the Moscow book fair decided to go ahead this year. The organisers did, however, put a few restrictions in ...

Poets’ Mistakes – Poetry News June 8th

 

We begin the week here on My Poetic Side with a look at a new book which will be published next week which will examine the mistakes in some of the works of the greatest poets. Even the Greatest Poets Made Mistakes To err is indeed a very human trait, so much so that for centuries academics and critics have tried to suggest that ...

Poetry Ireland’s New Director/Zephaniah Interview – Poetry News Roundup June 5th

 

Our final poetry news round-up of the week takes a look at the new director of Poetry Ireland and also a recent interview with the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Poetry Ireland Appoints New Director Niamh O’Donnell has been appointed as the new director of Poetry Ireland. She will take up the new appointment in the middle of August and will be succeeding Maureen Kennelly, who ...

Caterpillar Prize Winner/Chinese Poet Arrested – Poetry News Roundup June 4th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the winner of this year's Caterpillar Prize and the Chinese poet who has been arrested. Caterpillar Poetry Prize Winner The Caterpillar Poetry Prize has just named this year's winner. Fergal McNally is the first Irish poet to win the prize. The winning poem is called “The Zebra with the Leopardskin Pants” and was described by the competition ...

Abai Celebrations/James Joyce Virtual Bloomsday Celebrations – Poetry News Roundup June 3rd

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the preparations for the 175th Anniversary celebrations for Abai and the Virtual Bloomsday celebrations for the author James Joyce. Preparations Underway for Abai’s 175th Anniversary Celebrations In East Kazakhstan, they are getting ready to celebrate Abai Kunanbaiuly’s 175th birth anniversary. Several significant projects have begun in the place where the great poet was born on the ...

Taiwan Library Donation/Queen’s Birthday Honour for Poet/Montreal Poetry Prize – Poetry News Roundup June 2nd

 

Today we take a look at a donation to the National Central Library in Taiwan, the Southland poet given a Queen’s Birthday Honour and this year's Montreal International poetry prize. Late German Texts Donated to Library Gunter Whittome, a researcher and his Chinese wife, Professor Chang Sheng-ching have donated a collection to the National Central Library. The texts which date from the late 19th ...

Mahmoud Darwish Chair/Whitman Catalogue – Poetry News Roundup June 1st

 

We begin another week on My Poetic Side with a look at the first Mahmoud Darwish Chair and the Whitman Catalogue that has been honoured with an AIGA Award. First Mahmoud Darwish Chair of Palestinian Studies Appointed One of the top universities in America, Brown University, has announced that Professor Beshara Doumani has been appointed to the “milestone” position as the first Mahmoud Darwish ...

Gardener Turns Poet/Laureate Fellowships/Turkish Actors’ Aid To Theatre Staff – Poetry News Roundup May 29th

 

Our final news round-up of the week looks at the gardener turned poet, the Prestigious laureate fellowships that have been awarded and the Turkish actors reading poetry to help theatre staff. Alan Titchmarsh The Poet The gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh has written a poetry book. Titled “Marigolds, Myrtle and Moles” and the book has been described as the perfect poetry book for those people ...

Pandemic Inspired Poet/Potter Poetry – Poetry News Roundup May 28th

 

Today in our news round-up we look at the poet who was inspired by a pandemic, and the poetry connection to Harry Potter. The Poet and the Pandemic The Second Coming by WB Yeats was written at a significant time for Europe in the 20th century. It was a time of upheaval and uncertainty. World War One had just finished and the struggle ...