Hugging Poet John Horder Passes Away Aged 80 – Poetry News 9th August

 

The hugging poet, John Horder, has sadly passed away at the age of 80. John’s favourite saying, Meher Baba’s maxim “don’t worry, be happy,” couldn’t sum him up better. In fact, it was his interest in the teachings of Baba, the Indian mystic, which led to his association as the hugging poet. It came about as Horder referred to Meher Bab as ...

The Poetry World Cup draws near – Poetry News 8th August

 

The Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup is only a few weeks away. The 15th edition of the popular poetry competition is to be held in the first weekend of September, with last year’s winner, Robin Archbold, returning to judge the competition. You can view his winning performance here.   Each poet will have eight minutes to perform one poem or a collection of ...

Ugandan Poetry Prize Nomination/Whittier Celebrated/ Bengaluru Poetry Festival – Poetry News Roundup 7th August

 

With the global nature of poetry continually changing, here we have 3 news stories from across the globe: Ugandan poet shortlisted for award It is often thought that some of the greatest poetry is borne from great suffering, and it seems that the old adage is true for at least one poet, Nick Makoha, who has used his experience of the horrific nature of ...

Belarussian Poetry Collection/Celebratory Stamp/Malawian Poet – Poetry News Roundup Aug 4th

 

In our last news round-up of the week we bring you a poetry collection from a Belarussian poet, a commemorative stamp for an Irish poet and a vibrant Malawian poet who is celebrating 6 years of poetry in the public eye. New Poetry Collection for Belarussian Professor Valzhyna Mort, a Belarussian poet who currently lives in the USA has just released her new book ...

The passing of Geoffrey Godbert – Poetry News 3rd Aug

 

Today at My Poetic Side we bring you news of the death of Geoffrey Godbert, a poet and one of the co-founders of Greville Press. Poet and co-founder of the Greville Press passes away Geoffrey Godbert, who was a co-founder and joint editor of the Greville Press with fellow poet Anthony Astbury and the novelist Harold Pinter, has passed away at the age of ...