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...
Whisky, Dancing & Haggis: It's Burns Night

Whisky, Dancing & Haggis: It's Burns Night

Sara C Nelson  25.01.2013
Happy Birthday Robert Burns! Yes it’s that time of year where we toast Scotland’s national poet with whisky, dancing and er, haggis....
Anti-Slavery Letter By Robert Burns To Be Published

Anti-Slavery Letter By Robert Burns To Be Published

25.01.2013
A series of events will take place across Scotland today to celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns. Traditional Burns Suppers, poetry...
WATCH: James Franco's Unintentionally Hilarious Inauguration Poem

WATCH: James Franco's Unintentionally Hilarious Inauguration Poem

22.01.2013
Oh, dear. Actor James Franco's poem wot he wrote to mark Barack Obama's inauguration - 'Obama In Asheville' - has hit the internet. And...
Dylan Thomas: The Man & Myth Exhibition at Swansea

Dylan Thomas: The Man & Myth Exhibition at Swansea

20.01.2013
The Dylan Thomas Centre is located about ten minutes walk from the wide-stretched Swansea bay where the colours of sunset leak into the...
LISTEN: Poetry's Big Night - The TS Eliot Prize Readings

LISTEN: Poetry's Big Night - The TS Eliot Prize Readings

Sam Parker  18.01.2013
This week, Sharon Olds won the TS Eliot Prize - the biggest award for poetry in the UK - with her stunning collection 'Stag's Leap' (read...
Review: Luke Wright's 'Mondeo Man'

Review: Luke Wright's 'Mondeo Man'

18.01.2013
This is poetry to entertain the everyman enthusiast and win over the cynics. If any contemporary collection is going to convince the disbeliever...
INTERVIEW: The Poet Whose Divorce Led Her To A £15,000 Prize

INTERVIEW: The Poet Whose Divorce Led Her To A £15,000 Prize

Sam Parker  15.01.2013
America's 'greatest living poet' after winning the TS Eliot prize on writing the story of her divorce, why she doesn't make anything up...

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...