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Kowalski Award/Sappho Papyrus – Poetry News Roundup February 15th

 

Our first poetry news round-up of the week looks at the winner of the Roger Kowalski Award and the Papyrus linked to Sappho. 2021 Roger Kowalski Award Winner Announced One of the most prominent Moroccan Francophone poets has been named as the winner of this year's Roger Kowalski Awards for Poetry. Abdellatif Laabi has won the award for “Presque riens”, his latest book, which ...

Keats Back From The Dead? – Poetry News February 12th

 

Our final poetry news of the week take a look at the CGI project that has brought Keats back from the dead. Bringing Keats Back from the Dead The poet John Keats might have been dead for 200 years, but now thanks to some superb advances in science he is to be brought back to life, virtually. A group of scientists at the ...

Snowshoe Poetry/Armenian Poet’s Translation/Atwood Helps Gender Violence Project – Poetry News Roundup February 11th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at a snowy poetry project, the Armenian poet who is to be published in English for the first time and the Gender Violence project that asked Margaret Atwood for help. Snowshoe Poetry The birthplace of the poet John Greenleaf Whittier, Haverhill is holding a “Snowshoe Poetry Hike” today. The event will be free to attend and ...

Poet’s Inspiration/Kazakh Poet’s Anniversary/Poet’s Statue Commissioned – Poetry News Roundup February 10th

 

Today’s poetry news round-up takes a look at the rapper writing poetry inspired by the Bronte’s, the anniversary of a Kazakh poet and the statue for Banjo Paterson. Acclaimed Poet Hopes to Inspire Next Generation of Poets The University of Huddersfield has joined forces with the acclaimed poet, playwright and rapper Testament to create a new poem that is inspired by the lives of ...

Poetry And Football/Poet’s Tribute To The Persecuted/Library’s Unusual Request – Poetry News Roundup February 9th

 

Today we look at stories about Amanda Gorman’s poetry reading at the Super Bowl, the poet paying tribute to those persecuted as witches and the unusual request from a library following a discovery in a poetry book. Poetry and Football: Not Such Strange Bedfellows On Sunday nigh,t the poet Amanda Gorman gave another passionate performance that has her once again dominating the news. This ...

Writers Week’s Honours For Poets/World Cancer Day – Poetry News Roundup February 8th

 

We begin the week here on My Poetic Side with a look at the three poets who will be honoured during Writers Week. We also take a look at the poems written for World Cancer Day. Three U.S. Poet Laureates to be Honoured During Writers Week February 13th will see the start of the 44th Annual Writers Week. This is the longest-running literary festival ...

Canada’s Parliamentary Poet/Poet’s Unusual Funeral/Poetry Magazine Under Fire – Poetry News Roundup February 5th

 

Today’s poetry news roundup looks at the new parliamentary poet laureate in Canada, an unusual funeral for a poet and the Poetry magazine under fire. Canada's New Parliamentary Poet Selected The next parliamentary poet laureate in Canada has been announced as Louise Bernice Halfe. Raised on the Saddle Lake Reserve, Halfe is also known by her Cree name Sky Dancer. She is the ninth poet ...

Statue Causes Uproar/Irish Poet Documentary – Poetry News Roundup February 4th

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we look at the statue that has caused an uproar and the documentary about the pioneer Irish poet. New Statue Honouring Poet Causes Uproar Over the course of the last couple of days, social media in Pakistan has been reacting to the new statue of the poet and philosopher, Sir Muhammad Iqbal, and the reactions have been less ...

Dante To Be Pardoned? Poetry News February 3rd

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the decision by descendants of the poet Dante Alighieri to attempt to have the poet’s corruption sentence overturned by the legal system. Attempts to Overturn Dante’s Corruption Charges In 1302, the poet Dante Alighieri faced accusations of crimes including extortion, fraud, perjury and embezzlement. He did not show up to court for his trial, was ...

Lemm Sissay Performs/ 9th Prince of Poets’ Competition/ Cathedral Podcast – Poetry News Roundup February 2nd

 

Today, we take a look at a forthcoming performance by Lemm Sissay, the 9th Prince of Poets' Competition and an ambitious podcast by a cathedral Lemm Sissay to Perform at Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature The poet, artist, performer, playwright and broadcaster Lemm Sissay, who was awarded an MBE for his services to literature will be taking part in the Festival of Literature ...