The Golden Shovel Anthology: New poems honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, edited by Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar and Patricia Smith, has just been published by The University of Arkansas Press. The idea behind this … Continue reading
Inspiring poet Selina Tusitala Marsh made an NZ Honorary Literary Fellow
I can finally share with you my prize-winning poem Arboretum Shapes. (It won first prize in the Nottingham Green Spaces poetry competition) Hope you enjoy the poem and congratulations to … Continue reading
I am delighted to have poems in the Autumn 2016 issues of Raceme and Brittlestar – two beautifully produced poetry magazines that need new readers and, most importantly, subscribers. Both … Continue reading
After hearing Nottingham’s Matthew Welton give an exuberant performance of poems from his new Carcanet collection on National Poetry Day last month I knew that this book had to be my next poetry read.
I took part in the Ekphrastic Review’s 20 poem challenge last month. My poem ‘Furious Answers’ was written in response to the painting The Answer is No by Kay Sage (USA), 1958.
We are delighted that our Bloomsbury publication Making Poetry Happen has been awarded Highly Commended in the UKLA Academic Book Award (after being shortlisted back in January 2016). The awards ceremony takes place this weekend (9th July) at UKLA conference in Bristol. I would like to thank all of our many contributors to Making Poetry Happen for their wonderful chapters and evident commitment to making poetry happen in so many varied contexts.
We went to hear novelist Pat Barker speak on Thursday. She was in fine conversation with Sharon Monteith at Nottingham Playhouse in a benefit for Nottingham Unesco City of … Continue reading
Last week I made a new poetry discovery which is always a thrilling thing: the poem ‘Rain Won’t’ by Kenji Miyazawa, one of Japan’s foremost 20th century poets. Miyazawa’s last … Continue reading
New poems never really come alive until they have been taken out for a swim and I’ve heard someone laugh at them or groan or even applaud.
‘Finding and Keeping Poetry’ is the title for the Harold Rosen Lecture I will be giving in June. The keynote is part of the 50 Years after Dartmouth research symposium at … Continue reading
I know that Yates’s Wine Lodge
(where the Australian wine liquor is like no other)
is still Yates’s
even though the Friends’ Trio no longer plays here.
Voices of Jewish and Muslim Writers at Nottingham Festival of Literature raised interesting questions about writers’ uses of language, form and choices of subject. Iranian born Michael Merdad Zand Anchian’s … Continue reading