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Shortlist announced for the 2017 Ted Hughes Award 13-Mar-18

The library is especially pleased that Inua Ellams is nominated for #Afterhours which draws on our collection.

Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore wins Costa Book of the Year 31-Jan-18

Poet wins posthumous honour.

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Ledbury Poetry Festival returns for 2018 17-Jan-18

The UK's biggest poetry festival will take place on 29 June - 8 July 2018.

Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong wins the TS Eliot Prize 16-Jan-18

Vuong's debut collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds scoops the £25,000 prize.


Submissions open for the CLPE Children's Poetry Award 10-Jan-18

Announcement of Chair, judges and venue for the 2018 Award.

Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore wins posthumous Costa poetry award 03-Jan-18

Dunmore's winning collection Inside the Wave was finished just weeks before she died.

Edwin Morgan

The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018 14-Dec-17

Entries for the 2018 prize are now being accepted.

Wordsworth Trust

Michael Marks Awards 2017 winners announced 13-Dec-17

Charlotte Wetton takes home the Poetry Award for her collection I Refuse to Turn into a Hatstand.

Helen Dunmore

Costa Book Awards 2017 Shortlists Announced 24-Nov-17

Helen Dunmore's final poems lead shortlists for 2017 Costa prizes.

Ledbury Poetry Fest

Winners of the Ledbury Poetry Competition 2017 announced 24-Nov-17

US poet Jonathan Greenhause wins influential prize of £1000 plus residential course at Ty Newydd.

Literature Wales

Wales Book of the Year 2017 15-Nov-17

John Freeman wins Roland Mathias Award at Wales Book of the Year 2017.

Wordsworth Trust

The Michael Marks Awards 2017 shortlist announced 15-Nov-17

Find out who is shortlisted for the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets 2017.

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TS Eliot Prize 2017 shortlist announced 19-Oct-17

Cape Poetry are up against independent publishers Carcanet, Faber, Bloodaxe and Nine Arches.


Poetry International 2017 at Southbank Centre 27-Sep-17

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Southbank Centre's longest running festival.

Catherine Graham

Winner of the first 'Jo Cox Poetry Prize' announced 25-Sep-17

The award for poems exploring loneliness was launched in honour of the former Batley and Spen MP.

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Sinead Morrissey wins the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2017 25-Sep-17

Ian Patterson and Ocean Vuong were also winners this year.

John Ashbery

John Ashbery has died 04-Sep-17

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet has died age 90.

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W.S. Graham centenary anthology - Call for Submissions 10-Aug-17

Poems responding to W.S. Graham invited for new anthology.

Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard appointed Editor of MPT Magazine 25-Jul-17

Clare Pollard will succeed Sasha Dugdale as editor from autumn 2017.


Poetry in Expanded Translation II: Intersemiotic Translation - between Text & Image 20-Jul-17

International interdisciplinary conference.

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