Poetry News – Spring 2022

Welcome to the box-fresh spring issue of Poetry News!

It includes several interviews, the first with Eric Yip, nineteen-year-old first-prize winner of the National Poetry Competition. Eric, whose winning poem, ‘Fricatives’, is one of his first poems published, talks eloquently about his writing influences and aspirations. Poetry Society President Roger McGough talks to Poetry News about his latest pandemic-influenced collection, Safety in Numbers, and his recent return to touring. Tim Relf asks Frank Skinner about his popular poetry podcast.

Natasha Ryan reports on About Us, The Poetry Society’s collaboration with 59 Production and social enterprise Stemettes, which has been lighting up Caernarfon, Derry-Londonderry, Hull, Luton and Paisley with astonishing poetry illuminations and video. The latest Foyle Young Poets of the Year competition, judged by Anthony Anaxagorou and Mona Arshi, is launched. Editor and poet Naush Sabah explores the rise of Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal and the city’s thriving poetry scene, while Nicky Kippax shares her experience of being both a poet and baker in our regular ‘Day Job’ feature. There are warm tributes to former Poetry Society Director Chris Meade, who sadly died in January. 

Sheri Benning judged the latest members’ poems competition on the theme of ‘Solastalgia’; Ian Humphries will judge the new competition on the theme of ‘Magical nature’, inspired by Sylvia Plath in what would have been her ninetieth year. This issue includes all the latest news from our young poets’ projects and a regular round-up of Stanza news.

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