Wilfred Owen Competition/Export Ban for Book/Tupac Poem at Auction – Poetry News Roundup May 16th

Today on My Poetic Side, we take a look at a Wilfred Owen Commemoration poetry competition, the book that has been issued with a temporary export ban and the Tupac poem up for auction.

Wilfred Owen Commemoration – Awards for Young Poets

As part of the celebrations to make the centenary of the death of the war poet Wilfred Owen 10 young poets have received an award for their entries in a local poetry competition.

The pupils, all students at primary and secondary schools in the Wirral were asked to write their own poem about what life was like in World War One, in particular, life in the trenches.

The winners were announced at the weekend at the Williamson Art Gallery.

Each school produced an anthology of the poems, and every young poet was given a copy.

Charlie Lea, a local writer, who worked with the children was also the judge of the competition and said that the wealth of creative talent in the Wirral was a true legacy that had inspired this new wave of poets.

DH Lawrence Book Placed on Export Ban

A copy of a book by the poet and author DH Lawrence has been placed under temporary export ban by the government.

The copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover was used by a judge in one of the most famous trails in Britain. The trial which took place in 1960 was an obscenity one, and the copy in question has sexually explicit passages that were marked up by the wife of the trial judge.

The book sold for £56,250 last year to a foreign buyer who has plans to take it out of the country. However, UK buyers are being given until October to match the sum. This is just a temporary block, but it means that potential buyers have until 9th August to register their intent to buy and then another 3 months to find the money.

The paperback book was used in the 1960s case that was brought against the publishers, Penguin Books when they stood trial for obscenity in having published the book; the last one that Lawrence wrote. They were eventually found not guilty.

Tupac Poem up for Auction

Apr 10, 2000; Toronto, Ontario, CANADA; Late rapper Tupac Shakur has yet another posthumous release out called ‘The Lost Tapes’. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Toronto Star/ZUMA Press. (©) Copyright 2000 by Toronto Star (Newscom TagID: zumalive084609) [Photo via Newscom]

More than 600 items will be going up for auction on Saturday at the Manhattan Hard Rock Café. These items include a cardigan that belonged to Kurt Cobain, Prince’s guitar and a poem that was written by Tupac Shakur.

It is expected that the cardigan, which was worn by the Nirvana frontman in a photo shoot may fetch up to $120,000 – a cardigan that was worn in the video for Smells Like Teen Spirit went for a similar price.

The guitar was used by Prince on the Musicology tour and is estimated to be worth between $60,000 and $80,000 at auction.

The Tupac poem which is included in the auction is handwritten and was penned while the rapper detained in Clinton’s Correctional Facility, which is located in Dannemora in New York . No estimate has been given by the auctioneers for this item.



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