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Call for royal poems! 03-Oct-16

Birmingham publisher The Emma Press launches call for submissions of children's poems about Kings and Queens.

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Caleb Femi named as first young people's Laureate for London 03-Oct-16

The poet and English teacher is hoping to re-engage disenfranchised young people through poetry.

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Richard McKane 02-Oct-16

The poet and translator Richard McKane has died.

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Claudia Rankine wins MacArthur 'genius grant' 22-Sep-16

The poet has been awarded a MacArthur 'genius grant' worth $625,000 (£475,000).

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Forward Prizes 2016: winners announced 21-Sep-16

Vahni Capildeo wins 2016 Forward prize for poetry.

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DC's Blog returns 01-Sep-16

Poet and author Dennis Cooper has relaunched his blog after it was seemingly deleted by Google.

Seamus Heaney

New arts centre to celebrate Seamus Heaney 01-Sep-16

The centre will be housed in a former police station in the poet's hometown Bellaghy.


Discovering a New Voice: Saltire Bursary 2016 Discovering a New Voice: Saltire Bursary 2016 19-Aug-16

A bursary to discover an emerging minority ethnic voice in fiction, poetry or spoken word.

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Penny Boxall wins Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 19-Aug-16

With a prize of £20,000, the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award is one of the largest poetry prizes in the UK.

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Refurbishment of The Poetry Café 10-Aug-16

The venue will be temporarily closed from 1 September.

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The Verb's Poetry Book Club 04-Aug-16

Would you like to be part of The Verb's Poetry Book Club?

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Poet and writer's blog deleted from Google 26-Jul-16

Dennis Cooper's blog seems to have been erased along with his email account.

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Vacancy at The Stephen Spender Trust 04-Jul-16

The Stephen Spender Trust is looking for a new Director from 1 December 2016.

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Residency opportunities at the Wordsworth Trust 01-Jul-16

Details of the Clarissa Luard Residencies for poets under 35.

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Sir Geoffrey Hill obituary 01-Jul-16

The poet has died aged 84.

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Sam Gardiner obituary 14-Jun-16

Northern Irish poet Sam Gardiner has died aged 79.

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Forward Prizes 2016 shortlists announced 13-Jun-16

The nominees for the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2016 have been announced.

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Caterpillar Poetry Prizewinner Announced 10-Jun-16

A Cinderella with attitude is Caterpillar Children's Poetry prizewinner.

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Poetry Book Society closure 03-Jun-16

The Poetry Book Society has closed down after more than 50 years supporting the art of poetry and the sale of poetry books.


Amnesty International announces winners of Silenced Shadows poetry competition 16-May-16

In 2015, Amnesty International invited Sri Lankans at home and abroad to take part in a poetry competition.

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