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The Baudelaire Song Project 28-Sep-15

What's a 19th century poet got to do rock, rap and pop?

William Blake

Blake's cottage bought by the Blake Society 25-Sep-15

Blake's house in Felpham, Sussex has been purchased for £520,000 for public use by the Blake Society.

Literature Wales

Literature Wales Writers' Bursaries 18-Sep-15

Literature Wales has announced that the next round of Writers' Bursaries are now open for submission.

Royal Edward

The Great War at Sea Poetry Project 11-Sep-15

This project encourages research into WWI poetry set at sea.


John Gibbens - obituary 09-Sep-15

John Gibbens was an award-winning poet, songwriter, musician and Fleet Street sub-editor - as well as a Poetry Library user.

Octagon play

New play exploring poetry and protest in America 09-Sep-15

'Some poems are better written in flesh...'

P J Kavanagh

P J Kavanagh - obituary 04-Sep-15

Poet P J Kavanagh has died aged 84.

scottish poetry library

Scottish Poetry Library founder Tessa Ransford has died 02-Sep-15

Tessa Ransford, the founder of the Scottish Poetry Library, has died at the age of 77.

Michael Rosen

Poets (and poems!) for Corbyn 02-Sep-15

Eminent poets, including Michael Rosen, have been very vocal in their support for the Labour leader candidate, Jeremy Corbyn.


Professor Charles Tomlinson has died 01-Sep-15

Charles Tomlinson: Poet and translator whose writing was influenced and nurtured by work from the US and around the world.

Newspaper (News)

Call for Poetry Workshop proposals 20-Aug-15

The Claremont Project is seeking proposals from poets or poetry workshop leaders who might wish to run a session.


Tolkein's retelling of an epic Finnish poem is due to be published this month 13-Aug-15

The Story of Kullervo, written in 1915, was inspired by 19th-century Finnish poem.


Moby-Dick Unabridged: Be one of 100+ live readers! 11-Aug-15

Call-out for readers to join special guests on stage to read Herman Melville's epic Moby-Dick.

Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah calls for Welsh to be taught in English schools 11-Aug-15

Rediscover roots, says the performance poet.


A lost evening with WB Yeats come to light 10-Aug-15

The lost story of a memorable evening with the poet is to be published after years in a dusty drawer.

James Tate

James Tate Obituary 04-Aug-15

Pulitzer-prize winning poet James Tate has died.


Young Poet Laureate of London 31-Jul-15

Applications are open for the new Young Poet Laureate of London!

John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke helps us celebrate the UK coast 28-Jul-15

Clarke is working with the National Trust on a collaborative poem, celebrating the UK coast.

Chenjerai Hove

Chenjerai Hove Dies 21-Jul-15

Zimbabwean poet and fierce critic of Mugabe's regime, Chenjerai Hove has died.


Voices in Vision: Poetry on the Small Screen 17-Jul-15

This August, the BFI will be exploring the role of television in 20th century poetry.

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