Poetry News – Autumn 2019

Front page of members' quarterly newspaper of The Poetry Society, with coverage of National Poetry Day 2019, the guest editors for the Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 issues of The Poetry Review and a reminder about entering the National Poetry Competition, with the help of new resources and podcast discussions.

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…”  (well, it is the bicentenary of that poem) – here’s the latest Poetry News

We take a whistle-stop tour of celebrations for National Poetry Day, this year on the theme of ‘truth’. But don’t wait until 3 October – check out the six poems Carolyn Jess-Cooke has chosen for the members’ poems competition, which all play with the concept in intriguing ways.

Autumn is full of poetic prospects: we explain how we will be unveiling, in October and November, our beautiful collaboration with St Paul’s and Coventry Cathedrals, which will involve these two remarkable building being illuminated with light projections and poetry. And you are warmly invited to attend our annual AGM on 27 November, where Jo Shapcott and Carole Bromley will be giving celebratory readings.

We also point out a key autumnal deadline, for one of the biggest competitions in the world: the National Poetry Competition. A highly enjoyable interview between Mike Sims and Maurice Riordan offers a peek into the mind of one of the judges and what he might be looking for. Roger Garfitt tells us about the latest poetry and music gathering at ‘The Poets’ Church’ in Orcop, where a celebration for the life of Frances Horovitz is held every five years. Hylda Sims bids farewell to Fourth Friday, a monthly institution at The Poetry Café, whilst David Smith explains how The Poetry Society’s various services have helped his writing. And Edward Doegar shares insights into the Poetry Translation Centre’s new World Poetry Series, launched to mark the PTC’s fifteenth birthday.

We report on our various opportunities for young people, including the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award, the newly returned Poetry By Heart competition, our SLAMbassadors programme, and the many features and challenges on Young Poets Network. And we cover the exciting new guest editorships at The Poetry Review, welcoming Colette Bryce, Mary Jean Chan and Will Harris for the Winter and Spring editions.

As usual, we carry news of the successes of our talented members, who continue to storm the lists of UK and international poetry prizes, as well as our Stanzas’ many exciting activities, and the many festivals, events, podcasts, appearances, significant appointments and opportunities occurring around the country and the world.