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Anisfield-Wolf Award/Poetry Prize Lauch/V&A Exhibition – Poetry News Roundup April 7th

 

Today on My Poetic Side, we take a look at the 2021 winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a new poetry prize that has been launched and an exhibition at the V&A. Anisfield-Wolf Award Winners 2021 Natasha Trethewey, the former poet laureate of the US is amongst the winners of this year’s Anisfield-Wolf Awards. The prize is given for books that help to promote ...

Burns’ Return/Threat to Brontë Sisters’ Moors – Poetry News Roundup April 5th

 

Our first poetry news round-up of the week looks at a statue of Robert Burns returning to the village of his birth and the threat to the moors that inspired the Brontë sisters. Antiques Roadshow Values Poet Statue On Sunday, the Antiques Roadshow saw one of its heaviest ever pieces bought in by a member of the public. The episode, which took place near ...

New Washington Laureate/Poetry Month Home/Prince Of Wales’ Easter Poetry Reading – Poetry News Roundup April 2nd

 

Our final poetry news round-up of the weeks looks at the new Washington state poet laureate, the Carl Sandberg Home for Poetry Month celebrations, and The Prince of Wales' Easter poetry reading. First Indigenous State Poet Named for Washington Yesterday marked the first day of National Poetry Month, and Washington made an announcement regarding their new state poet laureate. Rena Priest, who won an ...

Dante’s Multi Language Project/Translating Latvian Poetry – Poetry News Roundup April 1st

 

Today’s poetry news roundup looks at a project to read Dante in over 30 languages and traditional Latvian poetry which is being translated into English. Dante’s Death Anniversary Celebrated with Multi-Language Project The University of Toronto’s department of Italian studies is spearheading a project which will see a number of different languages used for a reading that will include most of the canto’s of The ...

Dante Defended/Poet’s Plea For Vaccine Takeup – Poetry News Roundup March 31st

 

In today"s poetry news round-up we look at a German newspaper article that was critical of Dante, and the poets who have joined the plea for people to get the vaccine. Dante Defended by Italians Amidst Claims Shakespeare was “Light Years” Ahead Leaders in Italy have been lending their support to the poet Dante Alighieri following recent claims in a German newspaper. Dante, who ...

Golden Wreath/Gorman’s Poetry Furore – Poetry News Roundup March 30th

 

Today on My Poetic Side, we look at the 2021 recipient of the Golden Wreath and the arguments about who should translate Amanda Gorman’s poetry. Golden Wreath for Carol Ann Duffy The 2021 Golden Wreath has been awarded to Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE. This is a prestigious international award that is given for a lifetime of achievement to someone in the field of ...

Howl Draft Found/Globe Reopens With Ovid Play – Poetry News Roundup March 29th

 

We begin the week with a look at articles about a poem that birthed a poetry renaissance, and the new play based on the works of Ovid that will be performed when The Globe reopens. Draft Copy of Howl Found An early draft copy of the poem Howl by Allen Ginsberg has been found. This seminal poem gives an insight into how ...

Blue Plaque Application/Pope’s Dante Celebration/Japanese New Year Poetry – Poetry News Roundup March 26th

 

Our final poetry news round-up of the week looks at an application for blue plaques which has been withdrawn, the Pope’s celebration of Dante and the Japanese New Year Poetry Ceremony. Blue Plaques Plan Withdrawn Gresham School in Norfolk, which can cost parents up to £36,000 a year for their children’s education has withdrawn their plans for 25 blue plaques. The plaques which were ...

Dante Day/Bringing The Culture Of Russia To Korea – Poetry News Roundup March 25th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we bring you Dante Day and a Russian, Korean Cultural exchange programme. Dante Day Today Italy will be celebrating Dante Day, for the second time under the cloud of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year it is the 700th anniversary of the death of the poet Dante Alighieri who was the author of the Divine Comedy. Referred ...

Kaur Reading Divides Fans/Greece Honours Philhellenism – Poetry News Roundup March 24th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at a poetry reading by Rupi Kaur and the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the War of Independence in Greece. Poetry Reading on TikTok Leaves Rupi Kaur Fans Divided Rupi Kaur, the Canadian poet who shot to fame on Instagram posted a video online of a reading of one of her poems and it was met ...