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Statue of Lord Byron stolen 25-Apr-16

The statue is said to be worth £10,000.

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German comedian faces prosecution for poem 21-Apr-16

Angela Merkel has accepted a request from Turkey to seek the prosecution.

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Winners of Tower Poetry competition announced 20-Apr-16

Ashani Lewis awarded the £3,000 first prize for her poem 'Flowers From The Dark'.

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Poet Laureate to mark the demise of the gas meter 20-Apr-16

Carol Ann Duffy will write an ode to gas and electric meters as they face extinction.

University of Roehampton

Shortlist for the 2016 Roehampton Poetry Prize announced 19-Apr-16

The 2016 Prize is judged by poets Mimi Khalvati and Ruth Padel, and chaired by Professor David Harsent.


The 2016 Keats-Shelley winners for poetry 14-Apr-16

The winners of the Keats-Shelley prize for essays and poems have been announced.

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Griffin Poetry Prize 2016 - shortlist announced 13-Apr-16

The Griffin Poetry Prize announces the International and Canadian shortlist.


Arvon launches new writers' retreat 12-Apr-16

A dedicated writers' retreat facility has been set-up at Arvon's Shropshire centre.

National Poetry Competition

National Poetry Competition winner announced 11-Apr-16

The £5,000 prize has been awarded to Eric Berlin for 'Night Errand'.

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The Ted Hughes Award for 2015 winner announced 11-Apr-16

David Morley wins the award for his collection The Invisible Gift.


Saboteur Awards open for nominations 07-Apr-16

Vote for your favourite indie poetry publications and events.

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Callum Macdonald Memorial Award 05-Apr-16

Shortlist of poetry pamphlets with a Scottish connection.

Shanghati Oral History Project

Shanghati Oral History Project: call out for poets! 30-Mar-16

The Shanghati Oral History Project aims to unearth Bengali poetry in the East End of London between 1960 and 1980.


Arc Publications launches Translatory 21-Mar-16

New app is designed to test translation skills.

Mohammad Bashir al-Aani

Syrian poet killed by Isis 21-Mar-16

Mohammad Bashir al-Aani and his son had been captured and held for several months.

Poetry Society

Shortlist for Ted Hughes Award announced 15-Mar-16

Judges Jackie Kay, Andrew McMillan and Ali Smith announce their chosen shortlist for New Work in Poetry 2015.


Jackie Kay is Scotland's new Makar 15-Mar-16

Kay has accepted the appointment to be Scotland's new national poet.

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African Poetry Prize 2016 shortlist announced 09-Mar-16

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize shortlist has been announced.

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Scottish Poetry Library announces new director 05-Mar-16

Asif Kahn announced as SPL's new director replacing Robyn Marsack.

Sophie McKeand

New Young People's Laureate for Wales 02-Mar-16

Sophie McKeand will hold the position for the next two years.

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