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Zagajewski Passes Away – Poetry News March 23rd

 

Adam Zagajewski, the Acclaimed Polish Poet, Dies Aged 75 The Polish poet Adam Zagajewski who penned the poem that symbolised what the world felt at the events that occurred on 11th September has died at the age of 75. It was confirmed that the poet died at his home in Krakow on Sunday, World Poetry Day. No cause of death was offered. When Zagajewski’s poem “Try ...

Poetry In Space/Poet’s Former Home Plans/Homer Meets Homer – Poetry News Roundup March 22nd

 

Today we take a look at poetry in space, the plans for the former home of a poet and the unusual statue which combines a cartoon with a poet. Poetry in Space A Zoom call recently took place between a cosmonaut on the International Space Station (ISS) and a professor at the University of York. The subject was poetry, in particular the works of ...

inVERSE Film Series/Poetry On Landmarks/Manchester Poetry Library’s Celebrations – Poetry News Roundup March 19th

 

Our final poetry news round-up of the week takes a look at some of the things planned for UNESCO’s World Poetry Day on 21st March. inVERSE Film Series Launched for World Poetry Day March 21st marks World Poetry Day and Jack Jewers, the award-winning filmmaker will be celebrating with the launch of “inVERSE”, his reimagined collection of 5 of the oldest poems the world ...

Vuong To Headline Poetry Event/Pushkin In Hanoi/Banksy Work Vandalised – Poetry News Roundup March 18th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we take a look at Ocean Vuong and a virtual event he is taking part in, the Vietnamese statue of Pushkin and graffiti on Banksy’s “Oscar Wilde” art. Ocean Vuong to Headline Pittsburgh Event Virtually In 2018, the poet and writer Ocean Vuong burst onto the literary scene when he picked up the TS Eliot prize for “Night ...

Kay Ends Tenure/Winchester Poetry Prize – Poetry News Roundup March 17th

 

In today’s poetry news round-up we look at Jackie Kay’s time as Scottish Makar and the Winchester Poetry Festival which has opened for 2021. Jackie Kay Ends Tenure In 2016, Jackie Kay took over the role of Makar, the Scottish National Poet, from Liz Lochhead. Now her five-year tenure has come to an end, but the Scottish Parliament has yet to announce a replacement. The ...

Poet In Prison/Humanities Award/OCM Bocas Award – Poetry News Roundup March 16th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the poet who has spent the last 28 years in prison, the poet being given a Humanities Award and the longlist for the OCM Bocas Award. I am still 22 This year marks the 28th year that the poet Ilhan Sami Çomak will have spent in prison. Last year on the occasion of his birthday he ...

Rosen’s New Book/Poetry On The Bridge – Poetry News Roundup March 15th

 

Today"s poetry news round-up takes a look at Michael Rosen’s new book and the poetry in London to celebrate Keats 200th death anniversary. What it Feels Like to Almost Die Last year Michael Rosen, the poet and former children’s laureate contracted Covid-19. He spent 48 days in intensive care, many more weeks recovering on a ward and was finally allowed home for what ...

Poet’s Corner Hits The News/Amanda Gorman Translation Furore/Scottish Makar Selection – Poetry News Roundup March 12th

 

Our final poetry round-up of the week looks at the novel use for poets corner, the translator who is not suitable to translate Amanda Gorman, and the new Scots Makar. Poets Corner in the News On Wednesday, Poets corner at Westminster Abbey, resting place of great writers like Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Dickens, became host to a vaccination centre for the first ...

Poet’s Museum Fund/Banksy’s Artwork/Serena Williams ‘If’ – Poetry News Roundup March 11th

 

Today we bring you articles about the teenagers trying to save a poets museum, the confirmation of an authentic piece of artwork by Banksy, and the tennis star reading poetry for International Women’s Day. Teenager Trying to Raise Funds to Save Poets Museum A Scottish teenager and his friend are preparing to hopefully raise half of the amount that is needed to repair the ...

Makar’s Tenure Ends/Ted Hughes’ Footsteps – Poetry News Roundup March 10th

 

Today we look at the Makar’s Malt and the poets walking trails in our poetry news round up. Scottish Makar Marks End of Tenure 8th March marked International Women’s Day and two of the oldest crafts in Scotland came together to celebrate, poetry and whisky. Jackie Kay, the Scottish Makar, selected the Isle of Raasay Distillery, which is in the Inner Hebrides to create a ...