Poetry News – Autumn 2021

In the autumn issue of Poetry News, we bring you up to date with the latest news of this year’s National Poetry Competition – the 31st October deadline is fast approaching!

A new podcast of our NPC judges, Fiona Benson, David Constantine and Rachel Long, in conversation about their craft and how to hone your own competition poem, is sure to galvanise submissions ahead of the 31 October deadline (the podcast is available online). We also preview the announcement of this year’s Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, scheduled for National Poetry Day on 7 October, and the plethora of other events scheduled for this national day of celebration.

Dzifa Benson interviews m nourbeSe Philip, who will give the third and final lecture in the series presented by The Poetry Society and University of Liverpool’s Centre for New and International Writing, on 3 November; their exchange is packed with scintillating insights and ideas. We talk craft, cookery and Dylan with Dean Browne, latest winner of the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. Tim Relf recommends podcasts; Christopher James writes on poets and the idea of ‘home’; and Ben Ray pens a letter from his home city of Brussels.

News includes the Sylvia Plath anniversary publication and competition, train posters in Newcastle and new Keats postcard, part of the Keats200 programme, with a commissioned poem by Will Harris.

John McCullough peregrinates around your ‘Surreal cities’ poems in our latest members’ poems competition and Stanzas compare and contrast virtual and in-person meet-ups. In Young Poetry News section, we hail the latest Young Poets Network challenge winners and look at publishing your own zine.

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