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TS Eliot Shortlist/Sorley Play – Poetry News Roundup October 19th

 

Our final poetry news round up of the week brings you the shortlist for the TS Eliot Prize. We also take a look at a play about the life of the poet Charles Sorley. 2018 TS Eliot Prize Shortlist Announced The shortlist for this year’s TS Eliot Prize has been announced, and it could be said to be somewhat political. There are five ...

Historic Site/Snyder’s Talk/Giovanni’s Song/ Excellence Award – Poetry News Roundup October 18th

 

Today’s news covers a historic site, Gary Snyder’s recent talk as well as a song inspired by Nikki Giovanni and an award for Excellence in poetry. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. The event was marked with tours of the home and museum, poetry, music and of course birthday cake. ...

Asia Pacific Poetry Slam/Pages of the Sea/Father of Rap – Poetry News Roundup October 17th

 

Today our poetry news round up takes a look at the Asia Pacific Poetry Slam 2018, the Pages of the Sea project and finally the claim that a Russian poet born 125 years ago was the father of rap. Asia Pacific Poetry Slam Won by Malaysian Poet 17 competitors from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines took part in this years Asia Pacific Poetry ...

Armistice Honoured/Wilfred Owen/Hikmet’s Sad News – Poetry News Roundup October 16th

 

Today’s poetry news round up takes a look at the theatre honouring the Armistice centenary, a statue of Wilfred Owen and the sad death of the only child of the poet Nazim Hikmet. Theatre Honours Armistice Centenary The Broadway Theatre, located in Letchworth, will mark the centenary of World War One's end with a series of event, films, music, drama and some spoken word. The ...

Duffy’s Pop at Politicians/Scotland’s National Poet – Poetry News Roundup October 15th

 

We begin the week here on My Poetic Side with a look at Carol Ann Duffy’s final collection of poetry as poet laureate. We also have an article about the new national poet of Scotland. Carol Ann Duffy Takes a Pop at Politicians The UK Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is officially due to end her tenure of the role in 2019. Her latest poetry ...

Philip Larkin Letters Released/Poem to ‘mock’ Kanye? – Poetry News Roundup October 12th

 

Our final poetry round-up of the week takes a look at some recently released letters from the late Philip Larkin. We also have the poem by Leonard Cohen, from his recently published posthumous collection, that appears to mock Kanye West. Correspondence Reveals Philip Larkin's Real Relationship with His Parents The poet Philip Larkin once famously wrote the line “They **** you up, your ...

Kundiman Prize/Cheltenham Literary Festival/Poet’s Fury on Poem Change/National Book Awards – Poetry News Roundup October 11th

 

Today’s poetry round-up takes a look at the winner of this years Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Sikh poet whose poem was changed without her permission and finally the finalists for this year’s National Book Awards. Kundiman Poetry Prize Winner 2018 Rohan Chhetri, a Nepali-Indian poet, has won the Kundiman Poetry Prize - a prestigious US poetry award. The award has ...

Foyle Winner/Poet’s Survey – Poetry News Roundup October 10th

 

In today's poetry round up, we look at the talented young poet who is a winner of the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award. We also have an interesting survey that asked young people to name their favourite poet. 16-Year-Old Named One of the 15 Best Young Poets Worldwide Mathilda Armiger, a 16-year-old from Norwich, has been named as one of this year's ...

Pam Ayres/Poet’s Place Names/Smith’s Podcast – Poetry News Roundup October 9th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we take a look at Pam Ayres at the Henley Literary Festival, the survey looking at poet related place names and Tracy K. Smith’s latest podcast. Pam Ayres Delights Audience Taking part in the Henley Literary Festival, Pam Ayres delighted a “sell-out” audience of more than 300 people. Even though she was suffering with a heavy cold, Ayres opened ...

Unpublished Eliot Letter/Overdue Library Book/Iranian Poet Elected – Poetry News Roundup October 8th

 

We begin the week with a look at an unpublished letter from T.S Eliot. We also have a story about a rather overdue library book, and finally, the Iranian poet elected to the Nobel Literature committee following the recent scandal. A Surprising Side to T.S Eliot Previously unpublished letters by the poet T.S Eliot, that were only ever intended to be read by ...