Poetry in the News 2011: July to December 


October News

31 "Lyrics, even poetic ones, are not poems." (Chicago Tribune)

31 'What is this life if, full of care...' 'Leisure' celebrates centenary (BBC)

29 The greatest poetry reading ever? (San Francisco Chronicle)

29 'Gerald' Manley Hopkins - oops! (BBC)

28 Christopher Reid: a life in writing (Guardian)

28 Judith Palmer and Diana Quick: 'do awards matter?' (Guardian)

28 Ireland chooses poet as President (Guardian)

27 50 of poetry's most poignant lines (Stylist)

27 Duffy: "When you’ve finished a poem, you don’t know if you’ll ever write another one" (Stylist)

26 Matthew Hollis wins £5k H W Fisher Best First Biography prize (Booktrade)

25 Penny Rutterford on how to set up a poetry trail in your area (NALD)

24 Wilfred Owen's poetry lives on in his forest hideout (Daily Mail)

23 Vanessa Redgrave on 'Fakespeare' theory (BBC)

23 Lines of Beauty: the art of Sylvia Plath (Guardian)

21 T S Eliot's village bares its teeth (Huffington Post)

21 Heaney to get lifetime achievement award (Irish Times)

20 New sponsor for the Eliot Prize (Bookseller)

20 TS Eliot Prize shortlist announced (Poetry Book Society)

20 Interview with Kate Clanchy (Oxford Times)

19 PS Members Anna Meryt, Gill McEvoy and Lesley Burt 1st, 2nd & 3rd in Lupus UK Poetry Competition (Excel for Charity)

19 PS Member Catherine Fisher is Wales' first Young People's Laureate (BBC)

19 Burns verse back in pub window (BBC)

19 Wayne Price wins Brit Writers' Poetry Award (Brit Writers)

19 PS Member Pat Borthwick wins Keats-Shelley Prize. Carole Bromley 3rd (Gazette & Herald)

16 Booker Prize divides quality from readability says Andrew Motion (Guardian)

15 Seren is 30 (Wales Online)

14 Benjamin Zephaniah Q&A (Guardian)

12 Live Canon Competition shortlist (Live Canon)

11 The case for children's poetry (University of Cambridge)

11 Anna Adams obituary (Guardian)

11 Words and pictures from National Poetry Day Live (Londonist)

9 Alice Oswald interview (Guardian)

7 Tomas Tranströmer wins Nobel Prize for Literature (Mirror)

7Poetry podcast: Forward prize, English poets in Paris, poetry in St Pancras (Guardian)

7 Carol Ann Duffy interview (Independent)

6 How was National Poetry Day covered in the UK media? ([email protected])

6 John Agard interview (Bookseller)

6 Olympic Park to host inspiring poetry (Independent)

6 William Sieghart : why I set up the Forward Prize (Guardian)

5 John Burnside finally wins Forward Prize (Guardian)

4 Live webchat: post your questions to Neil Astley (Guardian)

3 Druids oppose poems carved into rocks on Ilkley Moor (BBC)

2 Foyle Young Poets: top 15 winners announced (IOS)

September news

30 Beckham promised me football boots, says Poet Laureate (BBC)

29 Seamus Heaney Prize shortlist includes PS members Anna Robinson, Victor Tapner, Katherine Towers. Tom Duddy and Valerie Duff also on the list (Seamus Heaney Centre)

27 Adonis declared favourite for Nobel Prize (Guardian)

27 'Acts of Godfrey' - new film written in rhyming couplets (BBC)

26 Emanuel Litvinoff obituary (Guardian)

26 Sarah Crown, William Fiennes & Sharon Murray on Costa Poetry panel (Bookseller)

26 Virtual monkeys write Shakespeare (BBC)

23 Books power 100 includes Duffy, Heaney and Motion (Guardian)

23 Film based on 'Paradise Lost' would see Milton turn in his grave (Guardian)

22 Poets are treated like rock stars... in Colombia (Cape Times)

22 János Csokits obituary (Guardian)

22 25 rules for translating poetry from Popescu shortlistees (Arabic Literature)

21 The artists' artists: poets (Guardian)

21 Griffin Poetry Prize jury includes Review Editor Fiona Sampson (The Afterword)

20 2011 Aldeburgh First Collection Prize shortlist includes PS members Rachael Boast, Nancy Gaffield and Jacqueline Saphra (Poetry Trust)

19 Gwyneth Lewis tribute to Gleision miners (BBC)

18 Sylvia Plath to feature on US Post Office stamp (Guardian)

15 "It's kinda my first job". Benjamin Zephaniah, new Chair of Creative Writing at Brunel (Thames Higher Education)

13 PS member Victor Tapner on poetry shortlist, East Anglian Book Awards (EDP24)

12 Herbert Lomas obituary (Guardian)

12 Poets battling for Heaney honour (Press Association)

9 The poetry of 9/11 and it's aftermath (Huffington Post)

9 Poetry was way of making sense of the madness: Fatima Bhutto (Zee News)

7 Camilla joins Poet Laureate in school poetry drive (Press Association)

6 Duffy: texting and Twitter 'help students perfect poetry' (Telegraph)

2 Daljit Nagra: My hero, Les Murray (Guardian)

1 Poetry Society member Rachael Boast on Guardian first book award long list (Guardian)

August news

30 Syrian poet Adonis becomes first Arab writer to win Goethe prize (Guardian)

25 Love of RS Thomas's work leads to textbook for Japanese Welsh learners (BBC)

23 East Coker bids for World Heritage Status (BBC)

18 Poetry Society reinstates Judith Palmer (Guardian)

17 Poetry Society member Jane McKie wins £5k Edwin Morgan prize (BBC)

17 Coleridge's cottage to reopen (BBC)

16 Forward shortlist round-up (Telegraph)

16 Jackie Kay meets birth sisters (Guardian)

15 Poets bare all for calendar (Guardian)

14 Anne Born obituary (Guardian)

12 'Birmingham' for Tariq Jahan by Carol Ann Duffy (Guardian)

10 Auden's 'Night Mail' is 75 years old (BBC)

9 Philip Levine to be next US Poet Laureate (NY Times)

4 Poetry Society Stanza members on Radio 4 (Independent)

3 Clive Allison - publisher of A&B - obituary (Guardian)

3 US Poet Laureate says humans failing themselves (Mainichi Daily News)

1 Martin Figura & Polly Clark feature on August's Poetry International Web-UK

July news

27 Cardiff International Poetry Comp: Runners Up include PS members Nina Boyd, Mary O'Donnell, Lesley Saunders & Karen McCarthy Woolf (Literature Wales)

26 Fran Landesman obituary (Telegraph)

25 Philip Gross: "I often think the best thing poets can do for poetry in schools is work with teacher" (BBC)

14 Foward Prize shortlists: Best First Collection: PS members Rachael Boast, Judy Brown and Nancy Gaffield. Ahren Warner, John Whale and Nerys Williams also nominated (Guardian)

14 Foward Prize shortlists: Best Collection: Geoffrey Hill, David Harsent, Sean O'Brien, John Burnside, Michael Longley, D Nurkse (Guardian)

14 Foward Prize shortlists: Best Single Poem: Alan Jenkins and Jo Shapcott (both poems from Poetry Review), RF Langley and Sharon Olds (Guardian)

11 In praise of the protest poetry of the Arab spring (Guardian)

11 Poetry 'bomber' targets charity shops (Guardian)

11 PS member Sarah Leavesley (aka Sarah James) wins 3rd prize in 2011 International Rubery Book Award (Rubery)  

10 Russian-born poet held in cell and deported from UK (Guardian)

Heaney and Longley break charity shop record (BBC)

9 Ted Hughes catches the animal within (Telegraph)

8 Rowan Williams - in a tradition of Welsh poet-priests? (Guardian)

8 Bust of Tagore unveiled by Prince Charles (BBC)

8 Rereading Tagore (Guardian)

8 PS members Gillian Andrews, Sarah Jackson, Jane McKie and Lydia MacPherson nominated for  £5,000 Edwin Morgan prize. Jane Yeh also nominated (Guardian)

8 Print book sales decline in first half of 2011 (Bookseller)

8 £55m fund announced to help cultural organisations build endowments (Arts Council)

7 Library campaigners win right to judicial review over closures (Bookseller)

7 PS member Gillie Robic 3rd in South Bank Poetry comp; members Sarah Westcott & Suzanna Fitzpatrick commended (Poetry Book Society)

7 Poetry professor calls for education policy reverse (Cherwell)

7 Fiction 'improves social understanding' (BBC)

7 Byron memorial book found in bring and buy sale (National Library of Scotland)

6 Philip Gross wins CLPE award for children's poetry (Salt)

5 Cathedral tour for Laureate (BBC)

5 Hampton Court gardens based on poems by Keats, Wordsworth, Byron et al (BBC)