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F-Word History/Misquoted Poetry – Poetry News Roundup April 10th

 

Our final poetry news round-up of the week takes a look at one of the first known written occurrences of the F-Word and some misquoted poetry. The F-Word The current Coronavirus pandemic isn't the first time, and may well not be the last time, that people have had to isolate themselves. Almost 500 years ago people were in isolation in an attempt to avoid ...

Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist/Reading Lists For Isolation – Poetry News Roundup April 9th

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we take a look at the shortlist for this year's Dylan Thomas Prize. We also look at just one of the lists of self-isolation reading that have been created. Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist The shortlist for this year's Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced and it is dominated by the work of debut poets.  The prize which ...

Wordsworth’s Birthday/HMP Reading – Poetry News Roundup April 8th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we bring you more of the celebrations marking the 250th birth anniversary of the poet William Wordsworth. We also look at the bid to save HMP Reading which has not been successful. The Prince of Wales Reads Wordsworth Yesterday Prince Charles marked the 250th birth anniversary of the poet William Wordsworth with a poetry reading in a radio ...

Today’s Poets/African Poetry Prize Shortlist – Poetry News Roundup April 7th

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we take a look at some more of the well-known voices bringing poetry to the Today programme. We also have an article about the shortlist for this years African Poetry Prize. More #comfortandhope In a continuation of our previous article about the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, we bring you some more of the best-known voices who ...

Postage Stamp for Poets – Poetry News April 6th

 

We begin the week here on My Poetic Side with a look at the postage stamps that have been issued to commemorate the 250th Birth Anniversary of William Wordsworth. Postage Stamps and Poets Tomorrow will see the release of a new set of postage stamps in the UK. The stamps which are being issued as part of the commemorations to mark the 250th Birth ...

#ComfortAndHope/Hardy’s Wife’s Letters/Zuckerberg’s Poetry Message – Poetry News Roundup April 3rd

 

Our final news round-up of the week takes a look at more #comfortandhope poems, recently founds letters written by the wife of Thomas Hardy and Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook poetry message. #comfortandhope Earlier this week we brought you an article about the best-known voices from the BBC who were reading a poem of special importance to them on Radio 4. Yesterday the poem was These ...

Exmouth Poetry Competition/Poetry From The Web/Poem A Day Initiative – Poetry News Roundup April 2nd

 

Today on My Poetic Side we take a look at a poetry competition in Exmouth, a clever internet tool that creates poetry from webpages and the Poem-a-Day initiative for National Poetry Month in America. Coronavirus Lockdown Poetry Competition Stuart Lines Cruises, an Exmouth attraction, has launched a poetry competition in the hopes of providing positive memories for people to focus on in the coming ...

Whiting Award/Whitman Award/Radio 4’s Poetry Readings – Poetry News Roundup April 1st

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we look at the winners of this year's Whiting Award and the Walt Whitman Award. We also bring you the #comfortandhope poetry readings from BBC Radio Four. Whiting Award Prize 2020 Jake Skeets, a Navajo poet has been named as one of this year's winners of the Whiting Award. The Giles Whiting Foundation has named 10 writers this ...

Rosen Very Ill/Bristol Poet Celebration – Poetry News Roundup March 31st

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we look at the poet Michael Rosen who is ill in hospital and the poet genius who will be celebrated in Bristol. Michael Rosen “Very Poorly” Says Family As children all over the country will be hoping to spot bears in peoples windows as they get some exercise, and go on a bear hunt – inspired by the book ...

Virtual Protest March/Imagine Remakes – Poetry News Roundup March 30th

 

To start the week, here at My Poetic Side with a focus on the campaigners who took to the internet in a virtual protest march. We also comment on the remakes of Imagine that have materialised over the last couple of weeks. Virtual March to Save Reading Gaol Campaigners looking to save the re-development of Reading Gaol had their plans to hold a match ...