Poetry News – Summer 2018

Poetry News Summer 18

Stay put for the summer with this issue of Poetry News!

We’ve fascinating interviews with Jay Bernard, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for Surge: Side A, Anthony Anaxagorou of Out-Spoken and New York poet Leah Umansky. We report on the launch of the National Poetry Competition 2018 and the 20th anniversary of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, while Chrissy Williams pens a love letter to Free Verse: The Poetry Book & Magazine Fair, which opens 22 September this year.

We offer a ringside view of Nick Makoha’s pick of members’ poems on the theme of ‘Circus’, and launch our new competition on the theme of ‘Change’ (to match with this year’s National Poetry Day theme); our judge is Meryl Pugh.

Duncan Chambers, our Hamish Canham Prize-winner is profiled and Penelope Shuttle, judge of the 2018 Stanza Competition, provides a few tips on writing to its theme, ‘Tradition’. We’re also packed with a summer hamper’s worth of members’ news, Stanza reports and the Young Poetry News pages.