Poetry News – Winter 2017

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

In our Winter edition, we warm the cockles of your heart with poets’ Christmas wish-lists; snippets of A.F. Harrold’s poem, ‘The Friendship Tree’, wrapped around the giant Norwegian spruce in Trafalgar Square until January 2018; and present the young poets of passion and sensitivity who have done so well in our latest SLAMbassadors championship, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award and the Timothy Corsellis Prize for poems inspired by the poets of WW2.

We provide dispatches from the current National Poetry Competition, and urge you to recommend a poetic work which has moved you during 2017, for the Ted Hughes Award.

For the season of sparkles and party wear, Tim Turnbull has selected six members’ poems on the theme ‘Elegant’ – but don’t be fooled, these poems are choppy and rugged beneath their impressive poise.

Helena Nelson offers clarity on the ever-current issue of copyright; Jon Stone of Sidekick Books shares the cocktail of wild, mischievous and very sensible impulses behind their new publishing project and Café exhibition Headbooks; Chris Holifield reflects on twenty-five years of the T.S. Eliot prize. We mark Charles Causley’s centenary with a vivid portrait by Cahal Dallat, and look forward to W.S. Graham’s centenary celebrations next year. And as always, we catch up with a poet whose day job is something rather different – this time, speechwriter Alex McDonald.

We toast the continued board-sweeping success of our members in poetry competitions, and chat with Tess Jolly and Konstandinos Mahoney – winners of our Anne Born and Stanza competitions – to discuss their work and the impact of these prizes. PS Stanzas share their plans, publications and events, and encourage new members. We also note, with sadness, the passing of members of The Poetry Society and poetry community, and salute their achievements.

Our pages for young poets note their many remarkable achievements and look forward to new opportunities in 2018.

There’s much more besides – to read it all for yourself and receive Poetry News every quarter,  join The Poetry Society.