Lee Bennett Hopkins Award/Nazim Hikmet Auction/Newly Found Collection – Poetry News Roundup June 22nd

Our final news round-up of the week brings you three stories: the winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins poetry prize, an auction of items belonging to Nazim Hikmet and a collection of poetry that has recently been found.

Bestselling Author Wins Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

Nikki Grimes has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. This annual award offered for children’s poetry will be given to the poet on 12 July at a presentation in the Schlow Centre Region Library. After the presentation the poet is fur to speak about her reading, she will also read aloud from
her award-winning book. There will be a book signing and sale after the presentation.

Grimes, who is a
and prolific artist, has several other awards to her name. In 2006 she won the
in 2017 she won the
and earlier this year the

Poets Personal Belongings to be Auctioned Online

Items belonging to the late Turkish poet and writer Nazim Hikmet are to be put in an online auction. The personal effects which were collected by the poet or made by him in prison were found by refuse pickers in the rubbish.

Kemal Sulker, a close personal friend of the poet, who exchanged correspondence with the poet for a number of years whilst he was serving his prison sentence had donated a significant proportion of his letters to a private school in Istanbul for their collection.

It would seem some parts of this collection were then sent for recycling which is where the letters were found.

Other items that will be included in the auction are a handwritten poem titled “Nikbinlik, notes that the poet wrote to his wife, a painting, necktie, silk scarf and a hand-made necklace.

There will also be a number of other items of literary interest included in the auction. However, the auction house believes that the pieces that will attract the most attention will be those linked to Nazim Hikmet. They have high hopes for “Nikbinlik” which they feel with be the highlight of the entire collection and is likely to attract much interest.

The famous hat of Süleyman Demirel, the former president of Turkey is also one of the items in the online auction. The auction began on 14thJune and will run until 11pm on 23rdJune

Magzhan Zhumabayev Collection Discovered

A rather unique collection of poetry written by Magzhan Zhumabayev the Kazakh poet, writer and publicist has been unearthed in Northern Kazakhstan.

Printed in Kazan in 1912 the collection includes the original poems titled “Sholpan” published by the Karimov brothers publishing house. Within the collection are around 30 works that touch on the early life of the poet who is considered to be one of the founders of modern Kazakh literature.

This rare edition of Zhumabayev’s poetry will now be housed in the archive of the North-Kazakhstan region. The papers that were found also included over 30 original and 100 copy documents relating to the poet.

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