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Election Poet Laureate 11-Apr-05

The Today Programme have chosen Ian Macmillan to be their election poet laureate.

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Poetry is Good for Your Brain! 11-Apr-05

Researchers at the University of Dundee have found that reading and listening to poetry stimulates the brain even more than reading prose.

Griffin Trust

Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist 2005 09-Apr-05

The shortlists for the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize have been announced.

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Royal Wedding Poem 09-Apr-05

The Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, has written a poem for the occasion of the wedding of Prince Charles and the Camilla Parker Bowles.


Farrago Easter Slam winner 31-Mar-05

And the winner is ...

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Robert Creeley dies aged 78 31-Mar-05

The American poet Robert Creeley died this morning.

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Neil Astley's lecture at StAnza 31-Mar-05

"Most poetry in Britain today is published for poets and academics, not for readers."

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Export Ban on Blake's 'Blair's Grave' 31-Mar-05

The Government has banned the export of the poet and artist William Blake's interpretation of a poem by Robert Blair.

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Poetry Cornwall Subscribers 29-Mar-05

Some of you will be aware that Les Merton's home was totally destroyed by fire recently; along with all his worldly goods and possession.If you subscribe to Poetry Cornwall, or know anyone who does; please contact Les.


Patti Smith's Meltdown 26-Mar-05

The poet and musician Patti Smith is to curate the South Bank Centre's Meltdown festival this June.

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Poetry: "a mild entertainment or an anachronism" 21-Mar-05

Tony Trehy, director of Bury's Text Festival, has condemned the contemporary poetry scene, saying it has "become almost irrelevant".

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Poetry of the G8 21-Mar-05

Poet Robin Bell is being given £30,000 to write about the summit of 'leading industrialised nations' which will be held in Auchterarder in July.

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day 2005 17-Mar-05

21 March is World Poetry Day.

Random Acts

Random Acts of Poetry 17-Mar-05

Will you be committing Random Acts of Poetry this autumn? A Canadian phenomenon that celebrates poetry is coming to the UK and Ireland.


Armitage and Moore's Guide to Song 17-Mar-05

A new series of Radio 4 programme featuring poet Simon Armitage is to be broadcast.

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National Poetry Competition winners announced 13-Mar-05

The winners of the 2004 National Poetry Competition, judged by Ciaran Carson, Elaine Feinstein, and the Poetry Library's Librarian, Simon Smith, were announced today.

Respect Slam

Respect Poetry Slam 2005 13-Mar-05

The Mayor of London and the Poetry Society have announced their annual London wide Poetry Slam.

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Poetical coal holes in Notting Hill 21-Feb-05

Notting Hill's pavements are to be lined with poetry. The Royal Society of Literature is supporting a project that will see coal hole covers engraved with texts written by seven writers who live in the area.


A Map of British Poetry 12-Feb-05

A new twelve part BBC Radio Four series on British poetry will start Sunday 20 February 4.30-5.00pm.

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T.S. Eliot correspondence 29-Jan-05

The Guardian Review asks why so much of Eliot's correspondence has been kept from publication.

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