Fokkina McDonnell, Polly Atkin, Suzannah V Evans, Jennifer Lee Tsai & Hannah Hodgson win Northern Writers’ Awards

All five recipients of this year’s Northern Writers’ Awards for Poetry are Poetry Society Members: Fokkina McDonnell, Polly Atkin, Suzannah V Evans, Jennifer Lee Tsai and Hannah Hodgson. Established in 2000 by New Writing North, the Northern Writers’ Awards supports work-in-progress by new, emerging and established writers across the North of England. The Awards support […]

Grim to hear poetry can be dropped from English GCSE now. I found my old AQA anthology recently. It is absolutely covered in notes, tiny asides to myself. Reading Allen Ginsberg's 'A Bricklayer's Lunchhour' was a great salve to my young queer soul. Retweeted by The Poetry Society

One of my GCSE students hated poetry. Couldnt understand it, didnt engage at all. I explained it in a way that made sense, not just the point of the poem but of poetry as a whole. Her face lit up when it finally clicked. Dont make it an option, dont undermine its value. Retweeted by The Poetry Society

If you’re a 2021 GCSE student I implore you do think twice before dropping poetry. Throughout high school it didn’t ever feel as though I had a specialty but I did have a passion in English and later my literature results showed that. Poetry will introduce you to a lot- Retweeted by The Poetry Society

practical: IME students new to literature tend to engage poetry at higher level, cause it looks different.GCSE thus the last place it should disappear. But mainly..this is a decision to get rid of THE POETRY from literature!! Did no one at @ofqual think anything wrong in that'? Retweeted by The Poetry Society