Poetry News – Summer 2019

A new Poet Laureate, exciting new voices and the enduring power of poetry are the headlines in the summer issue of Poetry News.

We offer warm congratulations to Simon Armitage on becoming the new Poet Laureate, congratulate Raymond Antrobus on winning the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and Mary Jean Chan and Carole Bromley on claiming the Geoffrey Dearmer and Hamish Canham Prizes respectively. We also report on the launch of the 2019 National Poetry Competition and the huge success that was our Poem-a-Thon fundraising event on 18 May.

In our feature articles, Mari Hughes-Edwards explores love and loss in the work of Carol Ann Duffy, former Poet Laureate whose ten-year term ended on 30 April 2019. Rachel Long reports on an exchange between young British and American poets, while Richard Westcott, a poet-in-residence on National Poetry Day, uncovers poetry’s staying power. Ryan Van Winkle looks ahead to a Foyle-funded foray to inspire young poets in the Outer Hebrides, and Jennifer Langer describes how Exiled Writers Ink has become a beacon for exiled and displaced writers.

Kit Fan, judge of the latest members’ poems competition on the theme of ‘the moon’, trains his telescope on your lunar lyrics – more on members’ webpages.

On our Young Poetry News pages we report on our latest challenges inspired by Carol Ann Duffy and the moon. We feature our next exciting spoken word event: SLAMbassadors Midlands Edition and launch this year’s Timothy Corsellis Prize.