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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 ...

African Poetry Prize Winner/Armitage’s Desert Island Discs – Poetry News Roundup May 11th

 

We begin the week here on My Poetic Side with a look at the winner of this year's African Poetry Prize. We also have a short article about Simon Armitage’s Desert Island Discs interview. African Poetry Prize 2020 The Egyptian poet Rabha Ashry has been announced as the winner of this year's African poetry prize. This is fantastic news for the Egyptian poetry world ...

VE Day Poem Finally Published – Poetry News May 8th

 

Our final poetry news of the week looks at a previously unpublished poem about VE day on the 75th anniversary of VE Day. After 75 Years VE Day Poem Published A poem that was written 75 years ago by Edmund Blunden, the war poet, about VE day has been published now for the very first time. The acclaimed poet wrote his poetry to recount ...

Michael McClure Passes Away/Live Streamed Poetry/Pandemic Poetry Anthology – Poetry News Roundup May 7th

 

Today in our news round-up we bring the sad news that Michael McClure has died. We look at the poetry events that are live streaming and also another anthology of pandemic poetry. Michael McClure Dies Aged 87 The famed poet of the Beat Generation Michael McClure has passed away at the age of 87. He died on 5th May at his home in Oakland ...

Ondaatje Prize/VE Day Celebrations – Poetry News Roundup May 6th

 

Today’s poetry news round-up takes a look at the winner of this years RSL Ondaatje prize and the Victory day celebrations that will be taking place online. 2020 RSL Ondaatje Prize Winner The poet Roger Robinson has been named as the winner of this years RSL Ondaatje prize. He was awarded the prize, which is worth £10,000, for “A Portable Paradise”, his profoundly moving ...

Montreal International Prize/Pulitzer Prize Poetry/Pandemic Poem Reaches Millions – Poetry News Roundup May 5th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the winners of the Montreal International Poetry Prize and the Pulitzer Prize poetry category. We also look at the pandemic poem that has been seen by over 18 million people. Montreal International Poetry Prize Administered by the English department at McGill University, the Montreal International Poetry Prize is a biennial award with a prize of $20,000. ...

Virtual Chinese Poetry Exhibition/Kannada Poet Passes Away/Cohen’s Favourite Author – Poetry News Roundup May 4th

 

We begin our week with a look at the Virtual Chinese poetry exhibition from Angel Island, the death of an influential Kannada poet, and some of Leonard Cohen’s favourite authors. Chinese Poetry From Historic Angel Island goes Virtual Located in San Fransisco, the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation has opened its first virtual gallery. The opening which took place on Friday last week has ...

Moth Prize Winner/Harjo’s Second Term – Poetry News Roundup May 1st

 

Our final poetry news round-up of the week takes a look at this year's winner of the Moth Poetry Prize and the re-appointment of Joy Harjo as US poet laureate. Moth Poetry Prize Winner The winner of this year's Moth Poetry Prize has just been announced and it is a poem with a bit of history. The Nave by Damen O’Brien has been previously ...

Unseen Sketches Of Edwin Morgan/Queen’s Gold Medal For Poetry – Poetry News Roundup April 30th

 

Today we cover some news about the previously unseen sketches of Edwin Morgan that have been found during a clean-up. You can also find out more about the winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Unseen Sketches Revealed As Scotland looks to mark what would have been the 100th anniversary of the birth of Edwin Morgan, the first National poet, a discovery in ...

Eavan Boland Passes Away – Poetry News April 29th

 

In today's poetry news we bring you the sad news that Eavan Boland, Irish poet, has passed away at 75. Eavan Boland, Celebrated Poet, Dies at 75 A renowned professor of English from Stanford University, and poet, Eavan Boland died at home in Dublin, Ireland at the age of 75. The cause of death was a stroke. Boland was considered by many to be one ...