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Plath Letters Up For Auction/Lear Poems Found – Poetry News Roundup July 7th

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we look at a collection of Sylvia Plath memorabilia up for auction and some previously unseen poetry from Edward Lear. Letters from Sylvia Plath to Ted Hughes go up for Auction Sotheby’s will be auctioning a collection of love letters that were sent from the poet Sylvia Plath to Ted Hughes later this month. The auction ...

Yeats Society Campaign/Poet Urges Us All To Go Vegan – Poetry News Roundup July 5th

 

We begin the week with a look at the campaign to save the Yeats Society Sligo and the poet Benjamin Zephaniah's plea for everyone to turn vegan. Campaign to Save Yeats Society Sligo Supported by Poets The Yeats Society Sligo, named for the poet WB Yeats, has been helping to promote tourism and culture for the last 60 years. Now, they find themselves ...

Lost Artwork Found/Manchester International Festival Celebrates Poetry – Poetry News Roundup June 30th

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we look at a poetry book full of lost artwork that has been found and some of the poetry events taking place at this year's Manchester International Festival. Poetry Book Which Contained Lost Artwork to be Auctioned During a routine valuation at a country cottage, an auctioneer found an illustrated copy of Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard ...

Pulitzer For Natalie Diaz/William Blake Biography – Poetry News Roundup June 28th

 

In the first of this week's roundups, we look at the Pulitzer Prize for Nathalie Diaz, and the William Blake biography. Pulitzer Prize for Natalie Diaz It has been rather a good year for Nathalie Diaz, the ASU Department of English associate professor and poet. Earlier this year she was made the youngest chancellor ever to be elected to the Academy of American Poets. ...

Irish Poetry Award Seeks Applicants/Ukrainian Poet’s Monument Vandalised/Bob Dylan’s Inspiration – Poetry News Roundup June 23rd

 

Today’s news involves applications for an Irish Poetry Award, the vandalism of a Ukrainian poet’s monument and an interesting idea of what inspired Bob Dylan. Applications Sought for Michael Hartnett Poetry Award The culture and arts office of Limerick City and County Council has called for entries to be submitted for 2021’s Michael Hartnett Poetry Award. This is an annual prize that is part ...

Dante Festival/Bronte’s Treasures To Be Saved? – Poetry News Roundup June 21st

 

Today's roundup brings you news of a summer festival to pay tribute to Dante, as well as the race to save Bronte treasures. Dante Festival to be Held in Roman Forum The Dante Festival, Dante Assoluto, is to be held this summer in the Basilica of Maxentius in Romex. The literature festival, which will be free will be held to pay tribute to Dante Alighieri, ...

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 ...