Why Did American Sharon Olds Win Britain's Top Poetry Prize?

14.01.2013
We want to choose integration and meaning over cynicism and despair. Olds happens to have achieved it. The extent to which this is evident...
End Of A Marriage Leads To Top Poetry Prize

End Of A Marriage Leads To Top Poetry Prize

14.01.2013
A collection of poems about the end of a marriage has won this year's TS Eliot Prize. Sharon Olds, 70, penned Stag's Leap after her husband...
Poem To Be Broadcast 25 Years After Sparking 'Outrage'

Poem To Be Broadcast 25 Years After Sparking 'Outrage'

14.01.2013
A poem containing a torrent of swear words which sparked outrage 25 years ago is being broadcast on Radio 4. Dramatist Tony Harrison penned...

Field Notes to the T.S. Eliot Prize

13.01.2013
The T.S. Eliot Prize for a single collection is one of the most popular, prestigious, and increasingly transatlantic poetry prizes in Britain....
Hand-Written Keats Poem To Auction For £45,000

Hand-Written Keats Poem To Auction For £45,000

9.01.2013
A fragment of the only hand-written poem by John Keats known to remain in private hands is going under the hammer. Inspired by a walk...
Humankind Cannot Bear Very Much (More) Reality

Humankind Cannot Bear Very Much (More) Reality

7.01.2013
"Humankind cannot bear very much reality", suggested the poet TS Eliot many years ago. Well: I can't bear very much more right now. When...
Five American Poets to Watch in 2013

Five American Poets to Watch in 2013

1.01.2013
There are so many wonderful American poets who have not achieved the fame (or notoriety) sufficient to carry their names or poems across...
A Poem About Making Bread...

A Poem About Making Bread...

14.12.2012
Simon Mole is a London-based poet, emcee, and theatre maker and one part of the Chill Pill Collective. "A while back I noticed that my...

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

4.12.2012
When I got to the theatre Israel and Gaza were making the headlines and I was faced with protesters from both sides, searched as I entered...

You're So London

4.12.2012
You're old, but your ever-changing looks say otherwise, you're gorgeous - one could say you're addicted to plastic surgery; I've always...

EP Review: Autistic Pieces - Autistic Pieces EP

1.12.2012
When it comes to poetry and music combining together, it either turns out to be a great exploration resulting in a beautiful sound or just...

The Legacy of the Year of the Short Story?

30.11.2012
2012 was declared the year of the short story and back in March I wrote an article exploring the immediate repercussions of such a statement....
Happy Birthday William Blake! The Poet And Artist's Words And Pictures

Happy Birthday William Blake! The Poet And Artist's Words And Pictures

Alice E. Vincent  28.11.2012
Good old William Blake. If the vision-seeing, prophetic poetry writing, mildly bonkers poet and artist were still alive today, he would...
Jeremy Toombs Performs 'The Alleppey Express'

Jeremy Toombs Performs 'The Alleppey Express'

22.11.2012
Jeremy Toombs is a poet and teacher living and working in Bristol, where he also regularly performs at poetry slams and spoken work events....