A Poem For Valentine's Day: Sally Jenkinson Performs 'More Words Than We Deserve' (VIDEO)

A Poem For Valentine's Day: Sally Jenkinson Performs 'More Words Than We Deserve' (VIDEO)

Sam Parker  14.02.2013
"In this life, even the smallest, least majestic victories deserve a coronation..." In the last of our Valentine's poems, Bristol-based...
A Poem For Valentine's Day: Raymond Antrobus Performs 'Things That Look Like Love'

A Poem For Valentine's Day: Raymond Antrobus Performs 'Things That Look Like Love'

13.02.2013
The penultimate poet to perform in our week of original Valentine's Day videos is London-based Raymond Antrobus. Raymond's poem, 'Things...
A Poem For Valentine's Day: Mr. Gee Performs 'Mr. Gee's Valentine'

A Poem For Valentine's Day: Mr. Gee Performs 'Mr. Gee's Valentine'

Sam Parker  13.02.2013
The fourth of our Valentine's poets is Mr. Gee, a regular on the London spoken word scene and co-founder of the London collective Chill...
Hidden TS Eliot Letter Discovered

Hidden TS Eliot Letter Discovered

13.02.2013
A letter written by one of the 20th century's greatest writers has been uncovered after being hidden for 40 years. It was sent by American...

Don't Judge the Reader by the Book Cover

12.02.2013
This feeling that reading is for the elite, the people who get it, is so damaging. Not only in excluding those who don't read that often...
A Poem For Valentine's Day: Fran Byrne Performs 'Nerve Cell' And 'Science Soulmate'  (VIDEO)

A Poem For Valentine's Day: Fran Byrne Performs 'Nerve Cell' And 'Science Soulmate' (VIDEO)

12.02.2013
Romance and science aren't always easy bedfellows, particularly when we're talking about the red-roses-and-chocolates side of things. But...
A Poem For Valentine's Day: Bridget Minamore Performs 'Kings College Hospital'

A Poem For Valentine's Day: Bridget Minamore Performs 'Kings College Hospital'

11.02.2013
In a week when we tend to sentimentalize love, Bridget Minamore recalls getting a glimpse of the real thing in an unlikely place: sat in...
A Poem For Valentine's Day: James Bunting Performs 'Cathy'

A Poem For Valentine's Day: James Bunting Performs 'Cathy'

11.02.2013
Kicking off a week of original love poetry on HuffPost UK this is James Bunting - a regular performer at Bang said the Gun, Chill Pill...
Remembering Sylvia Plath: Her Best Quotes On The Anniversary Of Her Death

Remembering Sylvia Plath: Her Best Quotes On The Anniversary Of Her Death

11.02.2013
It's 50 years ago today that Sylvia Plath lost her life-long battle with depression, and took her own life. Since then her reputation...

Seven Sexy and Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas

9.02.2013
Valentine's Day... commercial cliché or the perfect excuse for that stunning red corset you've been lusting after, and then an early night?...
Dub Poet Binta Awarded MBE

Dub Poet Binta Awarded MBE

8.02.2013
Jamaica's first female dub poet, who found fame in the UK, has described her delight at being awarded an MBE - despite criticism from a...
Enemy Lines: How Poetry Played A Part In The War In Iraq

Enemy Lines: How Poetry Played A Part In The War In Iraq

Sam Parker  5.02.2013
When you think of war poetry, you’re usually drawn to the literary icons of the early 20th Century. To John McCrae’s young soldiers...
Disgraced Politician Chris Huhne, As Remembered in Poems and Diaries By His Teenage Girlfriend

Disgraced Politician Chris Huhne, As Remembered in Poems and Diaries By His Teenage Girlfriend

5.02.2013
In my daily blog last May, I posted a peice which was headed: Cabinet Minister Chris Huhne and the Convent-Raised Comedian in which comedienne...
Interview: George Frakes - London's Own Curbside Prophet

Interview: George Frakes - London's Own Curbside Prophet

2.02.2013
It's a Wednesday night in early January and as George Frakes takes to the stage of this cosy north London boozer, clad in a mishmash of...