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James Berry has died 13-Jul-17

James Berry, much loved poet and champion of Caribbean culture, has died aged 92.

Heathcote Williams

Heathcote Williams has died 06-Jul-17

Williams, who has died age 75, was a poet, playwright, polemicist, humorist, actor, ecologist and activist.

Laurel Wreath

Poetry award season! 29-Jun-17

The month of June has seen a flurry of poetry award announcements.

Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore has died 06-Jun-17

Dunmore was widely admired as a poet, novelist, short story and children's writer.

Eco-poetry day

Writing on the Wall: Can Poetry Save the Planet? 24-May-17

An immersive day of eco-poetry.


Shortlist announced for CLPE Children's Poetry Award 2017 22-May-17

Shortlist announced for CliPPA 2017 and launch of Schools Shadowing Scheme.

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Liz Lochhead on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs 14-May-17

Scottish poet Liz Lochhead is this week's castaway.

Free Verse Poetry Mags Fair

Emerging poets to perform at first Poetry Magazine Fair 04-May-17

Fourteen poets will be spotlighted at the first Poetry Magazine Fair on Saturday 13 May 2017.

Vahni Capildeo

Poetry London Mentoring Scheme 06-Apr-17

Poetry London is offering three poets a year of free one-to-one mentoring from leading poets, Vahni Capildeo, Colette Bryce and Mimi Khalvati.

Hollie McNish

Hollie McNish wins Ted Hughes Award 30-Mar-17

McNish wins the £5,000 prize with her third collection, Nobody Told Me.

Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott obituary 17-Mar-17

Poet, playwright and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott has died aged 87.

Ledbury Poetry Fest

Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize 13-Mar-17

Ledbury Poetry Festival is launching a new poetry prize for second collections.

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Paid Internship at The Poetry Translation Centre 21-Feb-17

Do you have an interest in poetry and translation?

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Job opportunity at the Scottish Poetry Library 13-Feb-17

Senior Librarian wanted.

Tom Raworth

Tom Raworth has died 10-Feb-17

The poet, artist, teacher, and publisher has died.

Poetry Society

The Poetry Society Annual Lecture with Jan Wagner 06-Feb-17

'The Shedding of Skins and Schemes: a voice of one's own and the voices of others'.


Submissions open for CLPE Children’s Poetry Award 23-Jan-17

Publishers are invited to submit books of children's poetry published in 2016 for CLiPPA 2017.

The Flying Horse

Looking for a central London venue for your poetry event? 17-Jan-17

Flying Horse, Oxford Street, is offering its cellar bar for poetry events.

Jacob Polley

Jacob Polley wins 2016 TS Eliot Prize 17-Jan-17

The winning collection, Jackself, was described by the judges as “a firework of a book”.

Alice Oswald

Alice Oswald wins Costa Poetry Award 06-Jan-17

Oswald has won the Costa Poetry Award for her collection Falling Awake.

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