Poetry: Dante Alighieri

Poetry: Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is the subject of this month’s poetry page and Circle 2 Canto V of Inferno, the first part of his greatest work The Divine Comedy. Here Dante explores the fine line that exists between love and the power of attraction and disastrous lustful desire. It is in...

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Spine Festival 2017: London’s family arts and culture festival

Spine Festival returns to London in March offering free activities to encourage young people and children to take part in arts workshops, shows and performances at many of London’s libraries. All activities are free including workshops and events, providing families with “interesting things to do together” as a chance to explore their...

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The Poetry School Books of the Year Announced 

The Poetry School staff have chosen their 26 books of the Year, including nine pamphlets, and two collaborations (Matthew and Michael Dickman’s Brother, and Karen McCarthy-Woolf and Sophie Herxheimer’s Voyage). Picador and the Poetry Business lead the way with four books chosen from each publisher, with Carcanet not far behind on three choices. Independent punlishers Peepal...

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KCW Today Poetry

November, with its short days, fallen leaves and chill in the air, reminds us that the year is drawing to a close. It is a month where being tucked up under a duvet with a good book and glass of wine seems a more pleasurable option than walking through the...

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Caleb Femi crowned London’s first Young People’s Laureate

Caleb Femi crowned London’s first Young People’s Laureate

Photo by Lee Townsend Spread the Word, London’s writer development agency, named Peckham’s Caleb Femi the first Young People’s Laureate for London at Penguin’s Random House headquarters. The capital’s first ever Young People’s Laureate will be an advocate for young Londoners working to create opportunities for emerging writers, aged 13 to...

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The Hampshire School poet-in-residence recites for the Battlefield Trust

The Hampshire School poet-in-residence recites for the Battlefield Trust

On the 30th of September, The Hampshire School’s poet-in-residence, Clare Mulley presented her debut book Thorn Kings: Poems from English Battlefields in the school’s cherished library. Mulley recited a selection of her powerful, war poems accompanied by a live harp performance to raise money for the Battlefields Trust. The charity...

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John Armstrong – Poems of Mayo

A Review of Word from the Mountain: Poems of Mayo by John Armstrong (2016) Word from the Mountain: Poems of Mayo is a new collection of poetry by John Armstrong that takes the spoken word to new performance heights. Armstrong’s conception of Western Ireland offers a moving and distinctive portrayal...

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Shakespeare and Sonnets

SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 1592, the Oxbridge educated Pamphleteer, Robert Greene, wrote in the Groatsworth of Wit “Yes, trust them not, for there is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that, with his Tygers heart wrapt in a Players hide, supposes he is as well able to bumbast...

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On the hunt for the new young poet laureate

London’s Writers’ Development Agency is looking for the next Young Poet Laureate for London, supported by the Foundation for Future London. Those with a fervent passion for poetry are encouraged to put themselves forward to be the next Young Poet Laureate for London and raise the poetic profile of the...

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