The Spring edition of Poetry News blossoms with news, views and multifarious muses. We chat to this year’s winner of the National Poetry Competition Dom Bury, and offer a snapshot of the seven poetic projects shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. We also reveal the winner of the Anne Born prize for a poet published in Poetry News – Mary Jean Chan.
The fantastic members’ poems on the theme of ‘Hotel’, selected by Rebecca Goss, swing between grit and glamour; the next members’ poems competition will be judged by Nick Makoha, who has selected the theme ‘Circus’. Roll up!
We feature a funny and insightful interview with new Canal Laureate Nancy Campbell, alongside predecessors Jo Bell and Luke Kennard – they share their gloriously varied experiences and their waterway philosophies, and Nancy gives us a peek at her plans for the laureateship.
Ramona Herdman hails the muse of booze in a golden-hued feature, and Katy Evans-Bush interviews Nine Arches founder Jane Commane, who is celebrating the tenth birthday of the Rugby-based indie press. The organisers of T-junction Festival in Middlesbrough and The Welshpool Poetry Festival tell us about their powerful line-ups and we offer a quick glimpse of other poetic festival happenings around the country – as well as the exciting events and exhibitions in our own Poetry Café, London. There are also poignant pieces on Helen Dunmore and an auction of Ted Hughes’ and Sylvia Plath’s possessions.
We launch Foyle – in its twentieth anniversary year – showing off the swish new poster design and our two fantastic judges, Caroline Bird and Daljit Nagra. We celebrate our young poets’ successes and rally young readers to the new challenges and opportunities on Young Poets Network.
And as ever, we salute Stanzas old and new, list our members’ many successes, suggest some dates for your diary, and bring snippets of news from the poetic airwaves.
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