Hussain Manawer's New Single, "I'm Ashamed" Is A Raw Snapshot Of The World We Live In Today

Emma Hedile Al-munshi | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Emma Hedile Al-munshi

Image credit: Devise Inspire If you aren't already familiar with London based poet and spoken word artist Hussain Manawer, then his debut single I'm...

Dreaming up a Good Nightlife

Sonja Lewis | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Feeling groggy and hung-over one morning recently -- though I had not had a drink for days, nor consumed sugar or refined carbs -- I remarked to my hu...

Poetry And Mental Health - The Great Escape

Rhiannon Dance | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rhiannon Dance

It was sixth form when I first developed a passion (rather obsession) for poetry. I had always dabbled in my own poems, winning title of 'Bard' at pri...

Good Advice From John Masefield

Richard Masefield | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Richard Masefield

My last memory of my famous cousin John Masefield dates from the early 1960s, when I visited him at his home, Burcote Brook, on the Thames at Abingdon near Oxford. As the author of over seventy works of poetry, non-fiction, novels, plays and children's books, and as Poet Laureate for more than thirty years, John was already a literary legend.

Welsh Poet Nigel Jenkins Denied Poetic Ending

Sonia Hendy-Isaac | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sonia Hendy-Isaac

The tragedy here really lies in the bureaucracy that has surrounded this decision and the loss to Pennard to offer a fitting memorial to a man who had spent his life creating a psycho-geographic legacy, not only of this corner of Wales, but the breadth and depth of the land, and its history through his work.

Music, Memory and Subversion: Two Scottish Poets' Second Books

Robert Peake | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Robert Peake

What follows is an interview with Rob A. Mackenzie, author of The Good News (Salt, 2013) and Andrew Philip, author of The North End of the Possible (S...

The Ex-Nun, The Soldier's Wife, And the Fabulist: Three Poets

Robert Peake | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Robert Peake

A nun spikes her drinks with sacramental wine and wears red lace underwear. A soldier's wife sits by the bed of a man whose legs have been blown off, and writes his story.

An Open Letter to Dispossessed Poets

Robert Peake | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Robert Peake

The truth is, the modern world we live in does not appreciate poetry. Not like it ought to, not like you and I do. We get it. We eagerly await that new journal or book of poems, smuggle it like contraband into our grey morning commute.

Sam Parker

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Parker | Posted 17.03.2013 | Home

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 and how unwitt...

Five American Poets to Watch in 2013

Robert Peake | Posted 02.03.2013 | Home
Robert Peake

There are so many wonderful American poets who have not achieved the fame (or notoriety) sufficient to carry their names or poems across the pond. Here are five such diamonds in the rough, selected for their energy, tenacity, and all-around fine work, that are worth keeping an eye on in the coming year.

Poets On Poetry: The 50 Greatest Quotes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.10.2012 | Home

What makes a good poem? How the hell can I write one? And even if I did - what's the point!? All valid questions, particularly on National Poetry D...

Poetry Extinguished by Kindle?

Phil Brown | Posted 19.02.2012 | Home
Phil Brown

I have no doubt that my Kindle and I will spend many happy hours together over the years - but until the greatest minds of my generation start scribbling verses in 91 x 122 mm, I'll stick with paper, ink and glue for poetry.

Clarity of Expression and Dirty Money in Poetry

Phil Brown | Posted 14.02.2012 | Home
Phil Brown

This month, Alice Oswald and John Kinsella withdrew themselves from the TS Eliot Prize shortlist. Their reasoning? The funding behind the TS Eliot prize now comes from Aurum, a hedge-fund investment company, rather than the recently withdrawn Arts Council Funding that used to keep the Poetry Book Society afloat.

Poetry and Music: Re-United at Last

James Bunting | Posted 14.02.2012 | Home
James Bunting

Poetry and music are in a relationship again in a way that some of us may have forgotten could be done after the deluge of Popstars and Pop Idols.