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Grenfell and the A14 – Poetry News Round-up September 12th

 

Today’s new round up brings you to articles, the first about a priest who has written a poem inspired by the Grenfell Tower fire and the emotions that followed, and the second the unusual story of the poet of the A14. The poetry of the Grenfell Tower priest In the days that followed the terrible fire that raged through the Grenfell Tower block in ...

John Taylor Poems

 

John Taylor was an English poet of Shakespearian times who became popularly known as "The Water Poet", a nickname that he actually gave himself.  This came about because of his profession as a waterman, operating an essential service on the rivers of London and Oxford at different times. He was born on the 24th August 1578 in Gloucester, a city on the banks of the ...

Banksy, Tunnocks and Longfella – Poetry News Roundup 11th September

 

The “Banksy” of Poetry It would seem that Mark Jones, aka the “Banksy of Poetry has struck again, and this time much further south than normal. A Penzance hairdresser was the bemused recipient of his latest poem. Jones has been sending verse in the post to hairdressers all over the UK for around six years now, using his trademark template and writing his poetry ...

John Townsend Trowbridge Poems

 

John Townsend Trowbridge was an American poet, novelist and newspaper man who had strong abolitionist views, some of which almost got the paper that he was writing for closed down.  His literary output included a number of titles written under the pseudonym Paul Creyton. He was born on the 18th September 1827 in a little log cabin that his father had built in Ogden, ...

Griffin Judges Named/Hedd Wyn/Hurricane Harvey – Poetry News Roundup September 8th

 

The final news round-up of the week brings us an article about the Griffin Poetry Prize Judges before taking us to the now restored childhood home of Hedd Wyn. We finish with a look at the poetry that has emerged from the people who lived through Hurricane Harvey. 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize Judges are Named The Griffin Poetry Prize, which was founded in 2000 ...

John Trumbull Poems

 

John Trumbull was an American poet and lawyer whose most famous work, the multi-part M’Fingal, picked him out as a notable political satirist at the time of the Wars of Independence.  He was also a well-respected attorney in both Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as serving as a state legislator and judge. He was born on the 24th April 1750 in Watertown, Connecticut, although ...

Saudi team praise poetry and death row poets – Poetry News Roundup 7th September

 

Today’s news round-up features an article on the Saudi team qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and takes a look at the death row poets of San Quentin. Saudi Football Team Qualify for 2018 World Cup Saudi football fans were elated this week when their team won a qualifying place in the next World Cup, and they took to social media to offer up ...

Doolittle Landmark/British Haiku Winner/BBC Hull festival – Poetry News Roundup – September 6th

 

Today we look at a story from Bethlehem of a literary landmark to be named honouring a poet to Japan, an article about a surprising winner of a haiku competition, and take a brief look at some of the big names who will be joining the line-up for the BBC festival in Hull. Literary Landmark to be named for Hilda Doolittle There are around ...

John Webster Poems

 

John Webster was an English writer of the Jacobean era who was around at the time of William Shakespeare, being a contemporary of the Bard in that he became a famous poet and playwright.  Webster’s best known piece of work is the tragic play The Duchess of Malfi, and it is still performed to this day. Details of his early life are obscure but it is ...

John Wilbye Poems

 

John Wilbye was an English Renaissance poet and one of the finest recorded composers of madrigal musical pieces. He was born some time in February or March, 1574 in the small Suffolk village of Brome, which is close to Diss.  Being the son of a landowner and successful farmer his family circumstances were comfortable and he soon developed writing and musical skills that ...