Poetry News – Summer 2017

Poetry News Summer 17

The latest issue of Poetry News, the quarterly newspaper for members of The Poetry Society, is here, loaded with poetry happenings, celebrations and opportunities.

We report on the exciting refurbishment and reopening of The Poetry Café and the launch of this year’s National Poetry Competition, with judges Andrew McMillan, Hannah Lowe and Pascale Petit. Bridget Minamore interviews Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish, and we talk to Ramona Herdman, winner of the Hamish Canham Prize. Vahni Capildeo and Tara Bergin, judges of the Forte Poetry Prize, swap thoughts on second collections. Nancy Campbell takes to Spenser’s “Sweet Thames” in her day job leading kayaking tours, and Tom Chivers argues for Langland’s startling contemporaneity.

Kostya Tsolákis describes the benefits of one-to-one Poetry Surgeries with Heidi Williamson, Jane Kite and Matthew Hedley Stoppard talk up the lively poetry scene in Otley, West Yorkshire, and judge Andy Croft introduces this year’s Stanza Competition theme of walls.

Jean Sprackland selects her pick of members’ poems on the theme of ‘Forecast’, and we announce the new members’ poems competition on the theme ‘Freedom’, judged by Amali Rodrigo.

Poetry Society Stanzas continue to thrive and innovate with publications and multimedia projects and Poetry Society members have, as usual, been sweeping up poetry competition prizes.

Our pages for young members offer up tips, interviews and opportunities, and celebrate new work by young writers.

And as always, we offer a sneak peek at events and opportunities around the country, report on important poetry stories, and enthusiastically toast a wide variety of poetic happenings.

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