The leaves may be brown and the sky turning grey, but at least there’s the autumn issue of Poetry News…
Devoted fan Amy Key asks all the right questions of fêted US poet Chelsey Minnis, who gave a rare UK reading at the Free Verse Poetry Book & Magazine Fair (a longer version of which interview we’ve also published online). We celebrate the 40th anniversary of the National Poetry Competition – for which the deadline, 31 October, is fast approaching – with articles by Kim Moore, a judge of the 2018 competition, and also from past winners Carole Satyamurti, Medbh McGuckian, Neil Rollinson, Allison McVety, Ian Duhig and others, who reflect on what winning has meant to them. Maurice Riordan pays a warm tribute to Matthew Sweeney, poet, anthologist, teacher and critic, who died in August.
Meryl Pugh fixed the flux in selecting the winners of our National Poetry Day-themed members’ poems competition on the theme of ‘Change’, while Rachael Boast introduces the winter competition on the W.S. Graham-inspired ‘The Abstract Space’.
We’ve our regular updates on Poetry Society events: the 20th anniversary celebrations of Foyle Young Poets of the Year, National Poetry Day nationwide, and the 40th anniversary National Poetry Competition reading at the Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival. And as ever we’ve rich pickings of news from members and Stanzas, and young members on the Young Poetry News pages.