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Lost Byron poem discovered 09-Jan-06

A librarian at University College London has discovered the manuscript of a poem by Lord Byron written in 1812.

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Call for Submissions from Poets and Artists on Merseyside 05-Jan-06

Poetry in the City (PIC) is Liverpool's annual poetry festival. Now in its second year the festival has developed to include a series of innovative residencies and commissions.

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Whitbread Poetry Book of the Year 04-Jan-06

The winner of the poetry category of the last ever Whitbread Prize has been announced.

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John Clare's house 03-Jan-06

The house in Cambridgeshire that John Clare lived in is to be opened to the public as a literary resource centre.


Subtext launched 22-Dec-05

Eastside Arts, the literature development organisation that works "to engage young people and health-service users with the written and spoken word" is being relaunched as Sub-text.

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How Do I Love Thee - Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-61 19-Dec-05

An exhibition at the British Library on the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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Bookbinding 2005 19-Dec-05

This exhibition at the British Library until 5 February shows entries to the annual Bookbinding Competition. The set work was Selected Poems by John Betjeman.

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Andrew Motion on listening to poetry 13-Dec-05

The Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, is interviewed for the Guardian Education supplement.

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Poems in the Waiting Room seeks sponsor 06-Dec-05

Poems in the Waiting Room (PitWR) will be familiar to anyone who has waited nervously to see a doctor in one of the 1400 surgeries that receives their poem cards.

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Poetry in Stitches 05-Dec-05

This exhibition is the culmination of the joint project of Poems in the Waiting Room (PitWR) with the National Needlework Archive (NNA). Over one hundred stitchers have completed textile art pieces illustrating poems especially from Poems in the Waiting Room (PitWR). The exhibition runs from Wednesday 4 January to Saturday 21 January 2006, from 10 am to 6.00 pm (1.00 pm Sunday) at The Menier Gallery The Menier Chocolate Factory 51 Southwark Street London SE1 1RU

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Poem in praise of Bush 05-Dec-05

An acrostic poem found in a school textbook in Pakistan has caused a political stir for its far from critical representation of the American president.

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Poetry Archive launched 30-Nov-05

The Poetry Archive, a collection of recordings of poets reading their work has been launched. The archive is available online.


George Szirtes' TS Eliot Lecture 2005 23-Nov-05

The Poetry Library is pleased to display here the text of the TS Eliot lecture of 2005, given by poet George Szirtes at the South Bank Centre, 22 November 2005.

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Michael Thwaites 18-Nov-05

The poet Michael Thwaites died this week. As well as writing poetry, Thwaites also worked for the Australian intelligence services.

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Black Poets Ink launched 04-Nov-05

The London Libraries Development Agency has just announced the launch of Black Poets Ink, a website devoted to poetry by Black writers.

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Jarvis Cocker poem unveiled 31-Oct-05

A poem by the former lead singer of Pulp will be unveiled on a new student union building in Sheffield, as part of the Off the Shelf literary festival.

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TranSIGNUM: Books and Maps 24-Oct-05

An exhibition of books and 'geo-poetic maps' put together by the TranSIGNUM publishing house. 18 October to 18 November at the Institut Francais, South Kensington, LONDON.

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Middle Eastern Writers Wanted! 20-Oct-05

Breaking the Ice is a non-profit organization that brings together people from different sides of a conflict in the hope of overcoming the root causes of violence in our world. We are recruiting candidates for our peace expedition across the Sahara desert in March 2006. A writer whose life has been greatly affected by conflict with the West would bring a unique perspective to the group. Please email for our Intro Presentation and Recruitment Letter.

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Forward Prize winners! 06-Oct-05

The Forward Prize has been announced. David Harsent has been awarded the Forward poetry prize for his collection on war.

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Today is National Poetry Day! 06-Oct-05

The theme for today's annual celebration of poetry is The Future.

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