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City of Hull announces Larkin festival and trail 13-Jan-10

The city where Philip Larkin lived and worked for most of his adult life has announced plans for a festival and poetry trail.

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Belongings of Siegfried Sassoon saved 05-Jan-10

Belongings of Siegfried Sassoon saved after £1.25 million fundraising campaign Cambridge University Library has taken delivery of the archive, which will create what is hailed as the most significant collection of the First World War soldier, poet and author's manuscripts in the world.

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India : CALL FOR POEMS 05-Jan-10

Organized & Hosted by: P.Gopichnad & P.Nagasuseela Dept of English; J.K.C.College Guntur- 522 006. Andhra Pradesh. A number of poets from all over the world are going to participate in the International Poetry Fest 2010 to reveal various facets of the world at present. Send us your poems on or before 20th March, 2010. We will publish the poems in a book entitled Poets' Paradise. Send any two of your unpublished poems for presentation and publication.

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Crashaw Prize shortlist announced 05-Jan-10

The twelve poets being considered for the Crashaw Prize have been revealed.

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Dennis Brutus dies aged 85 30-Dec-09

The African poet and anti-apartheid campaigner has passed away.

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The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 22-Dec-09

New competition founded by Carol Ann Duffy, in association with the Poetry Society, is currently seeking nominations.

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SCOTLAND: Call for submissions - Markings 18-Dec-09

Markings ( seeks submissions from overseas poets for consideration. Markings celebrates the publication of Issue 30 in May 2010. The theme will be 'Around the World with 30 Poets'. Electronic submissions preferred:

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Global Poetry System 10-Dec-09

Southbank Centre has recently launched a brand new poetry website. It's an online collection of poetry which is organised not by author, or title, or movement, but by positions on a world map. Each user that uploads a poem is asked to define it by placing a pin at a location in the world to which the poem has significance. The web site, Global Poetry System, launched on National Poetry Day 2009, and week by week, poetry pins are appearing all over the world. Click above to read more...


Global Poetry System Internship 03-Dec-09

An exciting opportunity for someone to work on Southbank Centre's new online project - Global Poetry System. The idea for GPS began with poet and Southbank Centre artist in residence, Lemn Sissay, who remains closely involved with the project.

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Cornwall: Call for submissions 01-Dec-09

Cornwall: Call for submissions Scary Little Girls are looking for artists either from Cornwall or with a strong affiliation from Cornwall to donate sonnets or roughly sonnet length pieces of poetry for our up coming Living Word Walks. Inspired by Shakespeare's Globe's Sonnet Walks, Scary Little Girls Productions aim to bring the Cornish streets alive with performance, poetry and song. Please send any ideas or submissions to the following email - The cut off date for submissions will be the end of January 2010.

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Winners announced for 2009 John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry 27-Nov-09

Winners of the 2009 John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry announced. Judging the competition were 2009 Wales Book of the Year winner Deborah Kay Davies, poet and Editor of New Welsh Review, Kathryn Gray, and Wiard Sterk Executive Director of independent public art consultancy Safle. Dafydd Wyn from Ammanford was the overall winner. Dafydd Wyn has published two novels including a children's book The M4 Cats (Lolfa 2008). As well as teaching English in London, Bala and at Ystalyfera he is also a former Mayor of Cwmaman and a former runner-up in the John Tripp Award. Liam Johnson won the Runner-up prize and the coveted Audience Prize voted for on the night by the throng of literary enthusiasts in attendance. 19 year-old Liam, who is currently studying English and Creative Writing at UWIC University, started writing poems and lyrics at fifteen and states the Beat Generation as his most significant influence. For more information contact Academi: 029 2047 2266 /

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The IRON Book of New Humorous Verse: call for submissions 27-Nov-09

Submissions of up to 4 poems by post only and enclosing SAE to Eileen Jones c/o IRON Press, 5 Marden Terrace, Cullercoats, North Shields, Northumberland, NE30 4PD, postmarked on or before 31st March 2010. Publication is planned for October 2010. Please read full submission guidelines on the IRON Press website before submitting poems.


Winner of the 2009 John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry announced 24-Nov-09

Welsh poet Dafydd Wyn is named by judges after a live final. Organised and sponsored by Academi, the Welsh National Literature Development Agency.

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Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2009 Winner announced 07-Nov-09

The winner of the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2009 - one of the most important and established poetry prizes in the UK - was announced at the 21st Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, 6-8 November. The recipient of this £3,000 major prize for the year's best first collection is Scottish poet J O Morgan for Natural Mechanical (CB Editions).

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C. K. Stead wins the Prime Minister's Award for Fiction 29-Oct-09

New Zealand poet, literary critic, essayist and novelist C. K Stead wins the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in the Fiction category.

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Brian Turner wins Prime Minister's Award for Poetry 29-Oct-09

New Zealand poet Brian Turner wins this year's 2009 Prime Minister?s Award for Literary Achievement in the Poetry category.

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T S Eliot Prize 2009 - Shadowing Scheme 27-Oct-09

The shadowing scheme, run in partnership with emagazine, enables students to take part in shadowing the judges of this year's prize. New this year, teachers are also invited to submit a review for the teachers' prize.

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Shortlist for the 2009 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry Announced 23-Oct-09


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OutLines: Launch of a new online writing project for Manchester-based LGBT writers

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Tony Harrison is first recipient of PEN/Pinter Prize 12-Oct-09

The prize will be awarded annually to a British writer of outstanding literary merit whose work encapsulates the principles of freedom and truth that Harold Pinter upheld throughout his writing career.

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