Test Your Knowledge With Our Literary Quiz On National Poetry Day

Test Your Knowledge With Our Literary Quiz On National Poetry Day

Sarah Ann Harris  6.10.2016
National Poetry Day kicked off on Thursday with the Prince of Wales reading a poem by Seamus Heaney. Prince Charles read the late poet’s...
Essex Poet Perfectly Describes The Internal War Of Having Depression

Essex Poet Perfectly Describes The Internal War Of Having Depression

Lucy Sherriff  1.10.2016
Hussain Manawer is a poet from Ilford, Essex, and a mental health advocate who regularly speaks out about his battle with depression. Speaking...
Ode To A Prawn

Ode To A Prawn

Ann French  23.09.2016
Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting my Father will know he is a legend. Now I know most people say that about their Dad but mine...
The Death Of The Arts - A Poem

The Death Of The Arts - A Poem

Sam Coleman  5.09.2016
It's an unusual thing, One you'll rarely see, An article written in poetry. The reason being, And I must make this clear, Is the death...
My Black Life... Matters?

My Black Life... Matters?

Mark Mace Smith  12.08.2016
So, now, in this summer of our discontent made potentially riotous by our sons and daughters of Tottenham, it matters enough to me that...
Review: Alice Oswald - Falling Awake

Review: Alice Oswald - Falling Awake

Phil Brown  17.07.2016
Is there a word more fitting for the cultural climate of Britain in 2016 than pandemonium? When Milton coined that word, it was to describe...
Review: Choman Hardi - Considering the Women

Review: Choman Hardi - Considering the Women

Phil Brown  11.07.2016
Considering the Women is impressive in the sense that it leaves its dent upon the reader. I came away from my first reading dizzied, imbalanced...
Promoting Mental Health: Three Good Reasons to Write Bad Poetry

Promoting Mental Health: Three Good Reasons to Write Bad Poetry

Dr Pooky Knightsmith  6.07.2016
You don't need to be a poet to write poetry, and you don't need to write 'good' poetry to get a lot out of it. I've found that the very...
The Many Frenemies of Luke Kennard

The Many Frenemies of Luke Kennard

Phil Brown  12.06.2016
In the eleven years since Luke Kennard won the Eric Gregory Award for The Solex Brothers, he has released five collections, two pamphlets,...
Book Review: No Map Could Show Them by Helen Mort

Book Review: No Map Could Show Them by Helen Mort

Phil Brown  6.06.2016
In the poems which follow, Mort often uses pronouns to emphasise conflict between the female climbers and the male hegemony they are flouting;...
Book Review: Holy Toledo! by John Clegg

Book Review: Holy Toledo! by John Clegg

Phil Brown  4.06.2016
As the truism goes, we get our whole lives to write a debut, and considerably less to produce the follow up. As a result, second collections...
Review: Idiot Verse by Keaton Henson

Review: Idiot Verse by Keaton Henson

Phil Brown  1.06.2016
"I am willing to pay due respect to the poetry of George Meredith, of Thomas Hardy, of DH Lawrence as part of their oeuvre, without conceding...
Simon Armitage's Translation of Pearl - Review

Simon Armitage's Translation of Pearl - Review

Phil Brown  22.05.2016
"If every person in the country was buying poetry and it was available on every street corner and when you turned on BBC 1 on Saturday...
The Advantage of Adversity: A Different Perspective on Depression

The Advantage of Adversity: A Different Perspective on Depression

James Shillcock   20.05.2016
The one thing that running a business has taught me is that things are never constant. Things are never permanent. You cannot separate...