Snapshot of the Poet in the Portrait

Snapshot of the Poet in the Portrait

Phil Brown  16.04.2016
Benjamin Sullivan's recent BP Award-nominated portrait of Hugo Williams is a powerful thing. It stirs memories in me of my experiences...

The Two Americans Who Trumped British National Poetry Competition

Phil Brown  11.04.2016
Parenthood is also at the centre of the competition's winning poem by Eric Berlin, though this is not revealed until the devastating final...
Why Do We Need Poetry?

Why Do We Need Poetry?

Clare Dyckhoff  28.03.2016
When you're feeling overwhelmed or sad, it's incredibly easy to feel alone in this, and think that no one else would ever understand. But...
This Moving Poem Forces People To Re-Think Anti-Refugee Prejudice In A Very Clever Way

This Moving Poem Forces People To Re-Think Anti-Refugee Prejudice In A Very Clever Way

Aubrey Allegretti  24.03.2016
A poet has forced people to re-think their prejudice against refugees with a startling poem highlighting the plight of those fleeing conflict...
Test Your Poetry Knowledge With This Tricky Little Quiz

Test Your Poetry Knowledge With This Tricky Little Quiz

Sarah Ann Harris  21.03.2016
People across the globe have been sharing their favourite verses to help mark World Poetry Day - but how many famous poems can you actually...
I Found Out I Was Pregnant on My Way to Glastonbury

I Found Out I Was Pregnant on My Way to Glastonbury

Hollie McNish  12.03.2016
It's very hard to not feel like you are constantly apologising for the existence of this small person: for feeling sick, for being tired,...
A Magic Solution to Fracking and Climate Change?

A Magic Solution to Fracking and Climate Change?

Gabriella Apicella  6.03.2016
Leonardo Di Caprio's impassioned Oscars acceptance speech urging collective responsibility for Climate Change demonstrated how popular...
Two Tolkien Poems Found In Obscure 1936 School Newspaper

Two Tolkien Poems Found In Obscure 1936 School Newspaper

Paul Vale  16.02.2016
Two previously unseen poems penned by ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ author JRR Tolkien have been discovered on the pages of an obscure school...
Love is... Worse Than a Paper Cut

Love is... Worse Than a Paper Cut

Helen Keeler  11.02.2016
So, Valentine's Day, you pink, fluffy and, ironically, heartless bastard. Hated by couples who rue its commercialisation. Hated by couples...
How Writing Can Heal

How Writing Can Heal

Cecilia Knapp  4.02.2016
I really believe in the power of creativity to help. For me, it's writing. But equally all forms of creative expression are vital, whether...
Even True Scots Might Struggle With This Cracking Burns Night Quiz

Even True Scots Might Struggle With This Cracking Burns Night Quiz

Sarah Ann Harris  25.01.2016
Burns Night is now upon us, but what exactly is Scotland's big day all about? The celebration commemorates the birth of iconic Scottish...
Woman Writes Powerful Poem To Her Mum Explaining What Depression Feels Like

Woman Writes Powerful Poem To Her Mum Explaining What Depression Feels Like

Natasha Hinde  9.12.2015
Sabina Benaim suffers from depression. But it's something her mum just doesn't understand. To try and vocalise her thoughts and feelings...

Vive le technicolor: What Daesh Call the 'Greyzone' Is the World at Its Best

Farah Maria-Rahman  25.11.2015
Surely there is nothing left to say. Or maybe there is but by someone else. In the words of Philip Levine '[t]here is more to be said,/...
Corbyn Marks Poppy Day With Poem On 'Futility' Of War

Corbyn Marks Poppy Day With Poem On 'Futility' Of War

Paul Waugh  8.11.2015
Jeremy Corbyn has marked Remembrance Sunday by reading from Wilfred Owen's poem 'Futility'. After fulfilling his formal role as Leader...