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Yeats Fundraising/Paul Laurence Dunbar House Reopening – Poetry News Roundup June 16th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the urgent fundraising campaign for the Yeats Society Sligo and the reopening of Paul Laurence Dunbar House. Crowdfunding for Yeats Society Sligo In March 2020, like most businesses all over the UK, the Yeats Society Sligo had to close its doors to tours and visitors. Now the society has launched a crowdfunding campaign. They believe that the ...

Sissay Receives An MBE/Jack The Ripper Suspect’s Home Transformation – Poetry News Roundup June 14th

 

We begin the week with a look at Lemn Sissay and his OBE and the former home of a poet being given a new lease of life. Lemn Sissay Named on Queen’s Birthday Honours List The playwright and poet Lemn Sissay had urged children who live in care to be ambitious with their lives following the announcement on Saturday 12th June that he had ...

Forward Prize Shortlist/PEN Winner 2021/Heaney’s Open Ground – Poetry News Roundup June 9th

 

Today in our poetry round-up we look at the Forward Poetry Prize Shortlist, the PEN Pinter 2021 winner and Seamus Heaney HomePlace “Open Ground”. Caleb Femi Shortlisted for Forward Poetry Prize The former young people’s poet laureate for London, Caleb Femi, has been shortlisted for the Felix Dennis first collection award in this year’s Forward Poetry Prize. His collection “Poor” delves into life growing ...

Book To Celebrate End Of Donor Ban/Mackellar Homestead Opens/Sufi Poetry Revivalist – Poetry News Roundup June 7th

 

We begin the week with a look at the poetry book helping to celebrate the end of the blood donor ban, the opening of Kurrumbede and the poet helping to keep Sufi poetry alive. Poetry Book Reissued for End of Blood Donor Ban The poet RJ Arkhipov, who grew up in Newport, is to see his first collection of poetry “Visceral: The Poetry of ...

Argentine TV Blunder/Social Media Gaffe/New Archive Unveiled – Poetry News Roundup June 2nd

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we look at several errors made about poets and the opening of the refurbished Seamus Heaney HomePlace. Argentine TV Comedy of Errors Noelia Novillo, the presenter on Canal 26 in Argentina made a rather large error last week during a news broadcast when she announced: "one of the most important writers in the English language - for me ...

Poet’s Home In Disrepair/Award For Gabeba Baderoon – Poetry News Roundup May 31st

 

We begin the week with a look at the poet's home that has fallen into disrepair and the poet Gabeba Baderoon who has won another award. Poet's Historic Home Turned into Parking Lot The house in the Bakırköy district of Istanbul that once belonged to Cenap Şahabettin the Turkish writer and poet is currently being used as a parking lot. The poet was one ...

Lost Library Sale – Poetry News May 26th

 

Today's poetry news round-up takes a look at an incredibly important collection of manuscripts, which will be going up for auction in July. Handwritten poetry to be Featured as Highlight of “Lost Library” Sale A collection of manuscripts and rare books that were accumulated by the widower of Charlotte Bronte is to be made available to the public for the first time in ...

New US National Laureate/Francisco Brines’ Passing/Dante’s Tomb Readings – Poetry News Roundup May 24th

 

In today’s poetry news round-up we look at the new National Youth Poet Laureate in America, the Cervantes Literature winner who has passed away and the poetry reading for Dante. New National Youth Poet Laureate The new National Youth Poet Laureate in the US has been announced as Alexandra Huynh. The 18-year-old is a first-year student at the University of Stanford. She is a ...

New Scottish Note/Thomas Painting Sold – Poetry News Roundup May 19th

 

Today’s poetry news roundup looks at the poet on a banknote and the portrait of Dylan Thomas that has returned to Wales. New Scottish Bank Note Revealed The new £50 polymer note was recently revealed by the Bank of Scotland. The new design features one difference that is immediately noticeable and that is that instead of the green colour that people are so familiar ...

City of Culture/Cervantes Prize/Poet’s Football Club – Poetry News Roundup May 17th

 

Today’s poetry news roundup looks at the poet inspired film for the City of Culture, the winner of the 2021 Cervantes Prize for Literature and the football club named after a poet. Film Inspired by George Eliot Featured in Coventry City of Culture Launch The launch of the Coventry City of Culture year was marked with the release of a film inspired by ...