Kay Ends Tenure/Winchester Poetry Prize – Poetry News Roundup March 17th

 

In today’s poetry news round-up we look at Jackie Kay’s time as Scottish Makar and the Winchester Poetry Festival which has opened for 2021. Jackie Kay Ends Tenure In 2016, Jackie Kay took over the role of Makar, the Scottish National Poet, from Liz Lochhead. Now her five-year tenure has come to an end, but the Scottish Parliament has yet to announce a replacement. The ...

Poet In Prison/Humanities Award/OCM Bocas Award – Poetry News Roundup March 16th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the poet who has spent the last 28 years in prison, the poet being given a Humanities Award and the longlist for the OCM Bocas Award. I am still 22 This year marks the 28th year that the poet Ilhan Sami Çomak will have spent in prison. Last year on the occasion of his birthday he ...

Rosen’s New Book/Poetry On The Bridge – Poetry News Roundup March 15th

 

Today's poetry news round-up takes a look at Michael Rosen’s new book and the poetry in London to celebrate Keats 200th death anniversary. What it Feels Like to Almost Die Last year Michael Rosen, the poet and former children’s laureate contracted COVID-19. He spent 48 days in intensive care, many more weeks recovering on a ward and was finally allowed home for what ...

Poet’s Corner Hits The News/Amanda Gorman Translation Furore/Scottish Makar Selection – Poetry News Roundup March 12th

 

Our final poetry round-up of the week looks at the novel use for poets corner, the translator who is not suitable to translate Amanda Gorman, and the new Scots Makar. Poets Corner in the News On Wednesday, Poets corner at Westminster Abbey, resting place of great writers like Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Dickens, became host to a vaccination centre for the first ...

Poet’s Museum Fund/Banksy’s Artwork/Serena Williams ‘If’ – Poetry News Roundup March 11th

 

Today we bring you articles about the teenagers trying to save a poets museum, the confirmation of an authentic piece of artwork by Banksy, and the tennis star reading poetry for International Women’s Day. Teenager Trying to Raise Funds to Save Poets Museum A Scottish teenager and his friend are preparing to hopefully raise half of the amount that is needed to repair the ...