Category: News

The Reader & Pass on a Poem

In April 2016, the Pass on a Poem founder, Frances Stadlen, passed on the responsibility for both the Pass on a Poem website and newsletter to The Reader – a charity that seeks to...

100 Prized Poems: Twenty-five years of the Forward Books

Chosen by William Sieghart CBE Published by Forward Worldwide with Faber & Faber, 15 September 2016 (£9.99 paperback) “The Forward Prizes have turned a spotlight on contemporary poetry which is both searching and glamorous”...

Jihadi poetry

“Ask Mosul, city of Islam, about the lions”. Does Jihadi theological poetry help us to understand bin Laden, ISIS and other Islamist movements, ancient and modern, better? http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/06/08/battle-lines-jihad-creswell-and-haykel

Irish poet Ni Chuilleanain reviewed

Irish poet Ní Chuilleanáin is the Vermeer of contemporary poetry according to Aingeal Clare’s review of her new collection The Boys Of Bluehill (Wake Forest University Press) http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/29/the-boys-of-bluehill-eilean-ni-chuilleanain-review

Hip Hop Culture and Poetry

Poetry is blood in words says a member of The Spoken Word Education Programme running at Cardinal Pole School in Hackney, East London http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/28/us-britain-gangs-poetry-idUKKBN0OD10720150528

Demolishing the wall between science and poetry

Poet and physicist Iggie McGovern has an interesting piece in The Irish Times about the differences between the two disciplines and their roles. He believes that “Poetry as an inoculation against rampant emotion is...

Teddington poetry events

The Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, West London are putting on two interesting evenings this month. On Thursday 30 April former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, will be reading from old and new collections including...

What Shall I Read ?

Try Eleanor Goodman’s lovely translations of Chinese poet Wang Xiaoni’s Something Crosses My Mind (Zephyr Press). Her lyrical poems wonder at and want to celebrate the human figures at work in a landscape that...

Springtime in Tunis

“A generation that is brave enough to speak to the world about its perplexities and aspirations is a generation that acknowledges its problems.” The 2015 Aspire To Inspire Tunisia poetry event takes place next...