Invictus Poem/Tour de France/Man Booker Prize – Poetry News Roundup July 25th

Today in our news roundup we take a look at the new advert for the Invictus Games, poetry in the Tour de France and finally the long list for this year’s Man Booker prize.

Prince Harry Contributes to Advert

A cause that is very close to his heart, Prince Harry recently took part in an advert for the 2018 Invictus Games that will take place in October in Sydney.

The Prince was one of several people who recited a line from the poem “Invictus” which was written by the poet William Ernest Henley in 1875. Each member of the cast can be seen doing every day normal things as a backdrop to their recitation. Other cast members included Jamie Tanner who was taking part in the wheelchair rugby training and Gwen Cherne, the widow of a veteran and her daughter.

The Prince who appears near the end of the advert read the line
This is not the first time that he has appeared in an advert for the Games however this one is a little different to the previous more documentary style that the Games has previously used.

A link to the film appeared on the Kensington Palace Twitter account with the line that he can be heard speaking.

The advert is the work of Edge, a Sydney based agency and has been produced in collaboration with 2 Feet Films.

Poetry on Tour (de France)

The Tour de France, which began on 7thJuly and will finish on Champs-Élysées in Paris on 29thJuly, is one of the longest and most gruelling bike races in the world. From high-speed sprint finishes to exhausting mountain climbs it isn’t something that you would normally associate with poetry, yet one-man Chad Haga has taken to tweeting a daily poem.

The 29-year-old who is from Texas and rides for the Sunweb team is one of just five Americans in the years Tour. This is his debut race, so he isn’t particularly expected to hit the sporting headlines, he has, however, become someone to follow on Twitter.

Every day in recognition of the fact that he has completed yet another stage of the Tour, Haga takes to Twitter to pen a short poem in honour of the day’s events.

The Booker Longlist

Robin Robertson, a Scottish poet has been named as one of the contenders in the longlist for this year”s Booker Prize(Man). His work under consideration is a story that is lyrical, looking at a veteran of D-Day who suffers PTSD
is a novel that is told through the form of verse, it was described by judges of the prize as a
Robertson is one of the Fellows of the Royal Literature Society, he has had five poetry collections published and has been given a good few honours for his writing.

Other entries on this year’s longlist include the first graphic novel to make the list. The judges have said this is in recognition of fiction changing over the years.

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