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The Literary Diet – Poetry News December 28th

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we look at the poet heavy literary diet proposed by The Guardian newspaper for the month of January. January’s 31-Day Literary Diet Brits are being encouraged to consider a more positive New Year’s Resolution that year, one that will nourish their mind rather than giving them the usual goals to focus on. As 2020 draws to an end and ...

Twas The Night Before Christmas – Poetry News December 25th

 

Our Christmas Day poetry news round up takes a look at a recording of a beloved Christmas poem recorded by The Prince of Wales for the Artists’ Benevolent Fund. “Twas the Night Before Christmas” HRH The Prince of Wales has been joined this Christmas by a host of stars to make a special recording of the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by ...

Nguyen Du Documentary/Poetry During The Pandemic – Poetry News Roundup December 24th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we have an article about a documentary on the poet Nguyen Du and we also look at Benjamin Zephaniah’s thoughts on the increase of poetry during the pandemic. Documentary to be Released About Nguyen Du This week will see the release of the first part of a documentary about the great Vietnamese poet Nguyen Du who lived from 1765 ...

Poet Imprisoned/Pakistan Anthem Author Remembered – Poetry News Roundup December 23rd

 

Today in our poetry news roundup, we look at the poet facing a 12-year prison sentence and the commemoration of the poet who penned the Pakistani National Anthem. Poet Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison in Vietnam The writer and poet Tran Duc Thach has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in Vietnam. He was sentenced on the 17th December, having bee convicted ...

Rumi Anniversary/Poet’s Chocolates Discovered – Poetry News Roundup December 22nd

 

Today in our poetry news round-up, we look at the 747th anniversary of the death of Rumi and the story behind a very old box of chocolates. Commemoration of Rumi At the end of last week, on the occasion of the 747th anniversary of his death, a ceremony was held to commemorate the poet Jalal al-Din Rumi. The event, which would normally have ...

Greek Poet’s Museum/Malta’s National Book Prize – Poetry News Roundup December 21st

 

We begin the week here on My Poetic Side with a look at the new museum being created for a Greek poet and the poet who won the Maltese National Book Award. Legacy of Odysseas Elytis, the Nobel Prize Poet Gets New House Odysseas Elytis was a Greek painter and poet. He was also the winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize for Literature. He ...

Perthshire Poet Wins Award/João de Deus Anniversary/Poetry London’s New Appointment – Poetry News Roundup December 18th

 

Our final poetry news round-up of the week looks at the appointment of the new Makar for the National Federation of Writers, the celebrations for a poet’s 190th anniversary and the new editor for Poetry London. Makar Honour for National Federation of Writers Awarded to Perthshire Poet Jim Mackintosh, a poet from Perthshire has been given the prestigious honour of being named as the ...

Gold Medal Poetry Award/Underground Poets Revealed – Poetry News Roundup December 17th

 

On My Poetic Side today we have the winner of this year's Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the @allontheboard poets who have finally unmasked themselves. Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry Awarded to David Constantine Buckingham Palace has announced that the poet David Constantine has been named as this year’s recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry The chair of the Poetry Medal Committee, ...

Moth Prize/Celebration Of NI Includes Heaney – Poetry News Roundup December 16th

 

Today in our news round-up we look at the Moth Poetry Prize and Seamus Heaney as the face of NI branding for its upcoming centenary. Moth Irish Poetry Prize Now Open for 2020 Entries The annual poetry competition run by The Moth; an Irish poetry magazine, is now offering one of the biggest prizes in poetry. The prize is given for a single poem. ...

Tamil Poet’s Birthplace Neglect/2020 Speculative Poetry Awards/Scots Writers New Project – Poetry News Roundup 15th December

 

Today in our poetry news round-up, we look at the badly neglected birthplace of a poet, the 2020 winners of the Speculative Poetry Awards and the Scottish Writers who have received grants for new projects. Birthplace of Tamil Poet in Poor State of Neglect In 1984, the ASI excavated an ancient mound that is often referred to as Kambarmedu. Geological surveys of the area ...