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New national poet of Wales 01-Mar-16

The appointment of Ifor ap Glyn is announced on St David's Day.

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New punk poetry shows on Radio 4 24-Feb-16

John Cooper Clarke, Alexei Sayle and Henry Normal will present their own shows.


Unseen Tolkien poems discovered 18-Feb-16

Two poems written by the author have been found in an old school magazine.

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Radiohead lyrics found inside charity shop copy of Blake's poetry 17-Feb-16

Lines from 'Airbag' found in copy of Songs of Innocence and Experience.

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Forward Judges 2016 09-Feb-16

The judging panel for the 2016 Forward Prizes for Poetry has been announced.


Improvement grant for Wordsworth's cottage 03-Feb-16

Dove Cottage to receive £5m grant to improve facilities.

Ashraf Fayadh

Palestinian poet spared death sentence 03-Feb-16

A Saudi court has overturned the death sentence for Ashraf Fayadh.

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New commission for Ntiense Eno Amooquaye 28-Jan-16

Amooquaye's artwork will be installed in the new Emergency Department of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

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Apples and Snakes announces new leadership 25-Jan-16

New Artistic Director and Administrative Director appointed.

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Camden LGBT Poet Laureate appointed 25-Jan-16

Charity creates inaugral post of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Poet Laureate.


Free app that could help you manage your writing 25-Jan-16

Need to take a closer look at how you are working with your poems?


Strive Open Day for young people 15-Jan-16

Aged 15 - 25? Interested in music, poetry, dance or design?


The Poetry Exchange podcast 13-Jan-16

Experience 'poems as friends' by listening to different episodes.

Sarah Howe

Sarah Howe wins the 2015 TS Eliot Prize 12-Jan-16

Howe wins with the first debut poetry collection to win the British prize since it was inaugurated in 1993.

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Whitman Week - call for papers 05-Jan-16

The 9th annual Whitman Week will be held at the University of Exeter and there is an open call for papers.


Chinese publisher recalls Tagore translation 05-Jan-16

The interpretation of the Indian poet's work has been heavily criticised, both in India and China.

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Don Paterson wins Costa Poetry Award 05-Jan-16

Scottish poet Don Paterson has won the poetry prize at the Costa Book Awards 2015.


Liz Lochhead awarded Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 22-Dec-15

Scots Makar awarded Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2015.

Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock: call for papers 17-Dec-15

This symposium aims to celebrate Adcock's unique world of poetry.

John Trudell

John Trudell obituary 17-Dec-15

Poet and actor, John Trudell has died of cancer.

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