Brand new digital content from The Poetry Society: Nick Makoha podcast and more

Indoors this weekend thanks to some long-awaited rainfall? Here’s a roundup of all our latest digital content for you to enjoy.

Will Harris speaks to Nick Makoha in The Poetry Review’s latest podcast

Will Harris and Nick Makoha, prizewinning poets both, talk about Nick’s poems in the spring 2020 issue of The Poetry Review and how these poems exemplify his interest in song, story and myth, the parameters of self, reconfiguring the problem of the white lens, and how the act of writing poems produces unlooked-for discoveries. Nick gives electrifying readings of his poems ‘Codex 1’ and ‘Codex 2’, both published in the Review, and ‘Bird In Flames’ from his Forward-shortlisted debut Kingdom of Gravity. You can listen below, or via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your podcast app of choice – just search ‘The Poetry Society’ to subscribe.

Highlighted poems from our recent Zoom readings, available via Vimeo

We’ve been running regular Zoom readings featuring many different poets from across our various competitions and featured in The Poetry Review. If you haven’t been able to catch them live, don’t worry! We’re making higlighted poems available to watch again via our Vimeo page. We’re updating this with more every week, so check back often. If you’re a member of The Poetry Society, don’t forget that you can log on to our members’ area to watch readings from any of our recent zoom events in full. 

National Poetry Competition Writing Guides

As part of this year’s National Poetry Competition, we’re asking past winners and judges to put together free digital writing guides to help kickstart your own poetry writing. We’ve so far released guides from Pascale Petit and Eric Berlin, with a guide soon to come from Ella Frears and more to be announced. You can find them here. And don’t forget that we’re always updating our Learning from Home page with new writing prompts and activities for young people this summer. 

Members’ Poems Winners’ Readings

If you regularly peruse our poems database, you might notice a slight change to its most recent additions: we’ve asked winners of our Poetry News members’ poem competitions to record themselves reading their winning poems. So if you’d like to bring the most recent crop of Poetry News poems to life, head to the members poems page and select a poem from the list.

14 August 2020