Moscow Book Fair/Dawkins Award/Poet’s Statue – Poetry News Roundup June 9th

 

Today our poetry news round up takes a look at this years Moscow Book Fair, The Richard Dawkins Award and the possibility of a poet statue in Shrewsbury Square. Moscow Book Fair Goes Ahead Despite the restrictions put in place by the COVID 19 pandemic, the Moscow book fair decided to go ahead this year. The organisers did, however, put a few restrictions in ...

Poets’ Mistakes – Poetry News June 8th

 

We begin the week here on My Poetic Side with a look at a new book which will be published next week which will examine the mistakes in some of the works of the greatest poets. Even the Greatest Poets Made Mistakes To err is indeed a very human trait, so much so that for centuries academics and critics have tried to suggest that ...

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 ...