Poetry Ireland’s New Director/Zephaniah Interview – Poetry News Roundup June 5th

 

Our final poetry news round-up of the week takes a look at the new director of Poetry Ireland and also a recent interview with the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Poetry Ireland Appoints New Director Niamh O’Donnell has been appointed as the new director of Poetry Ireland. She will take up the new appointment in the middle of August and will be succeeding Maureen Kennelly, who ...

Caterpillar Prize Winner/Chinese Poet Arrested – Poetry News Roundup June 4th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the winner of this year's Caterpillar Prize and the Chinese poet who has been arrested. Caterpillar Poetry Prize Winner The Caterpillar Poetry Prize has just named this year's winner. Fergal McNally is the first Irish poet to win the prize. The winning poem is called “The Zebra with the Leopardskin Pants” and was described by the competition ...

Abai Celebrations/James Joyce Virtual Bloomsday Celebrations – Poetry News Roundup June 3rd

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the preparations for the 175th Anniversary celebrations for Abai and the Virtual Bloomsday celebrations for the author James Joyce. Preparations Underway for Abai’s 175th Anniversary Celebrations In East Kazakhstan, they are getting ready to celebrate Abai Kunanbaiuly’s 175th birth anniversary. Several significant projects have begun in the place where the great poet was born on the ...

Taiwan Library Donation/Queen’s Birthday Honour for Poet/Montreal Poetry Prize – Poetry News Roundup June 2nd

 

Today we take a look at a donation to the National Central Library in Taiwan, the Southland poet given a Queen’s Birthday Honour and this year's Montreal International poetry prize. Late German Texts Donated to Library Gunter Whittome, a researcher and his Chinese wife, Professor Chang Sheng-ching have donated a collection to the National Central Library. The texts which date from the late 19th ...

Mahmoud Darwish Chair/Whitman Catalogue – Poetry News Roundup June 1st

 

We begin another week on My Poetic Side with a look at the first Mahmoud Darwish Chair and the Whitman Catalogue that has been honoured with an AIGA Award. First Mahmoud Darwish Chair of Palestinian Studies Appointed One of the top universities in America, Brown University, has announced that Professor Beshara Doumani has been appointed to the “milestone” position as the first Mahmoud Darwish ...