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Poetry Society UK
London, UK
One of Britain's most dynamic arts organisations, founded in 1909 to 'promote "a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry', representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Publisher of the leading poetry magazine, Poetry Review.
Interests: Poetry, poetry readers
Recent Activity
We've really enjoyed our week on Best American Poetry. The UK Poetry Society blog tour will be moving on to the Scottish poet Rob Mackenzie's blog, Surroundings, on Tuesday; please come with us! Here to conclude the week is the Welsh poet Stephen Knight. Stephen Knight has published one pamphlet, four books of poems – two of which were shortlisted for the T S Eliot prize – and a novel, Mr Schnitzel, which was the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year in 2001. His collection The Prince of Wails is just out with CB Editions. Stephen Knight won... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
Julia Copus is a poet and radio playwright. She won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition in 2002 with her poem 'Breaking the Rule', and has since been awarded the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Last year she was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her radio sequence, Ghost. Her three collections are all Poetry Book Society Recommendations; her third, The World's Two Smallest Humans, was published this summer by Faber & Faber. Julia writes: Here’s how it started. I began by entering a whole group of poems – four or five,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
Paul Adrian won the UK's National Poetry Competition in 2010 with his poem 'Robin in Flight' - the first poem he had ever sent out for publication. Since then, his poems have appeared in magazines including The Moth, And Other Poems, the poetry blog Eyewear, and an anthology of young poets, Lung Jazz. He received a commission from the British Craft Council to accompany their Twenty at Twenty exhibition. Born in 1984 in Yorkshire, he still lives there. He is a support worker for autistic adults. Here Paul talks about the journey his poem has taken him on. ... A... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
Photo: Keith Morris Day Two of the BAP/National Poetry Competition UK Blog Tour. Here's yesterday's Introduction, if you missed it. Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, our blogger for today, has published three collections, Rockclimbing in Silk (Seren, 2001), Not in These Shoes (Picador, 2008) and most recently Banjo (Picador, 2012). Her poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies. 'Ponting' won second prize in the 2011 competition just before its publication in Banjo, which selected by the Telegraph as one of the UK's best new poetry books of summer 2012. ... .... Ponting In the end we turned him into a verb:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
Here Here - and also on the sidebar to the right - is a little orange picture, with people excitedly scrambing over an enormous open book. This is your portal to entering the UK's National Poetry Competition - in reality, an international poetry competition - possibly the most important competition for an unpublished poem in the UK. A competition has a life beyond the words first, second, third. This year, to celebrate the life and afterlife of the poems that win, or are commended - and the journeys poets find themselves on, sometimes merely as a result of deciding to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
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