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Geoffrey Faber Prize/Shane Koyczan/Patrick Kavanagh – Poetry News Roundup December 1st

 

We have reached the end of another week here at My Poetic Side and today’s news roundup brings another poetry prize winner. We also take a brief look at Shane Koyczan and think about the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh on the 50th Anniversary of his death. Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize The 2017 winner of the biennial Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, which is named after ...

16 days/Faber and Faber/North Pole Poet – Poetry News Roundup November 30th

 

Thursday’s poetry round-up takes a look at the poet writing for 16 Days of Activism. We also take a look at what is something of an institution; the Faber and Faber Poetry Diary and finally the self-proclaimed “Poet Laureate of the North Pole”. Poetry for 16 Days of Activism This week, in conjunction with the worldwide observation of 16 Days of Activism, a movement ...

Lesya Ukrainka Poems

 

Lesya Ukrainka was one of Ukraine’s best known poets who also wrote plays.  She was politically active, especially on feminist issues. She was born Larysa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka on the 25th February 1871 in the Ukrainian town of Novohrad-Volynskyi.  Her mother was a writer who used the pseudonym Olena Pchilka to write poetry and short stories aimed at children and it seems likely that she ...

Leslie Coulson Poems

 

Leslie Coulson was an English First World War poet and journalist who tragically lost his life on the battlefields of the Western Front. He was born on the 19th July 1889 in the Kilburn district of London, the son of a Sunday Chronicle journalist.  After a boarding school education in Norfolk he followed his father into newspapers, obtaining a post as a junior ...

Poetry on Vinyl/Vancouver Laureate – Poetry news roundup November 29th

 

In today’s new post we bring you a poetry round up that takes a look the return of poetry on vinyl and also the search for the 5th poet laureate of Vancouver. Live Poetry Returns to Vinyl One of the most prolific poets in America, Alice Notely, has created something a little different with her latest poetry collection. Rather than being published as a ...

Airport Poetry/Kenyon Prize/6 word memories – Poetry News Roundup November 28th

 

In todays round-up we bring you poetry at the airport, the 2017 Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, and the school children studying 6-word memories, and other types of poetry. Poetry at the Airport Canadians were delighted this weekend to find Peter Mansbridge, who retired as CBC’s The National news reader in July at Vancouver International Airport. With just a month to go he ...

Lady Jane Wilde Poems

 

Lady Jane Wilde was a 19th century, pro-Irish nationalist poet who used the pseudonym "Speranza".  Although famous in her own right one of her children was the renowned poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. She was born Jane Francesca Agnes Elgee on the 27th December 1821 in Wexford, the daughter of a lawyer.  Her ancestors were originally Italian.  As she grew up she became increasingly ...

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Poems

 

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was an aristocratic English writer who is chiefly remembered for her poetry and a large catalogue of letters.  These were of the travelogue variety, documenting her time in the Ottoman Empire while she was married to the British ambassador to Turkey.  It was unusual for a woman at that time to write in such detail about the “Muslim ...

Shrewsbury/Tree Charter – Poetry News Roundup November 27th

 

We start another week here at My Poetic Side with a news story about the headline speaker at the second annual Shrewsbury Literature Festival. We also look at the signing of the Tree Charter. Shrewsbury Festival of Literature This weekend saw the second annual Shrewsbury Festival of Literature taking place. A variety of events relating to both prose and poetry took place at various ...

Poetry Books Out Soon – Poetry News Roundup November 24th

 

Our final news round-up of the week takes a look at three new poetry books that will be available very soon; an anthology of poetry based on the works of Ovid, an English translation of the Wine poetry of Abu Nuwas and the English launch of Andri Snær Magnason’s, “Bónusljóð”. Ovid’s Poetry, as Current Now as It Was 2000 Years Ago 2017 marks the ...