Poetry News: our exclusive members' newspaper, with news, features, poems and prizes...

Autumn 2009

Poets in their place: "Blissfully haven'd": James Brookes explores the newly refurbished Keats' House, London; Close-up: Robert Saxton scrutinizes diction; Heartfelt matters: Nancy Campbell on learning poetry by heart; Publisher Profile: Oystercatcher Press; and Bottling lightning – National Poetry Competition judges on what makes a winning poem.




Plus… The world's biggest knitted poem, the new Ted Hughes Award, National Poetry Day festivities; and Members Poems on the theme of ‘heroes and heroines’, selected by Kathryn Simmonds.



Summer 2009

The Poet in View: Julia Bird talks to Alice Oswald as her two latest collections are launched; Opinion: Carol Ann Duffy. Rachel McCarthy on the poet’s appointment as Poet Laureate; Poets in their Place: Mike Sims on how Margate inspired 'The Wasteland'; Publisher Profile: Ragged Raven Press; and Thanks for the memories – Alan Brownjohn, Romayne Forsyth and Bill Pickard recall the lives and times they have contributed to the Poetry Society in our centenary year.


Plus… Letter from the Director: Judith Palmer on the new laureates, Paul Hamlyn education funding and the BBC poetry season; and Members Poems on the theme of ‘contact’, selected by Tim Wells.



Spring 2009

National Poetry Competition: Christopher James’ winning poem is 'Farewell To The Earth'; At a National Trust site near you: Stanza groups celebratethe Society's centenary at NT sites nationwide; Discos on their tongues: SLAMbassadors’ showcase; Poet Laureate: your thoughts: what members think; Dear Adrian: Michael Horovitz remembers Adrian Mitchell; Lost leader mourned: Fiona Sampson on Mick Imlah; Foyle’s centre Sage: W.N.Herbert launches the latest round of our prestigious competition for 11-17 year olds.

Plus… Letter from the new Director: Judith Palmer on audacious rhymes at this year’s SLAMbassadors and excavating the Society's archive; and Members Poems on the theme of ‘machines, selected by Roland John.



Winter 2008/9

Interview with the New Director: Roddy Lumsden interviews Judith Palmer; The Day I Read... Vahni Capildeo on Martin Carter's poem, 'This is the Dark Time My Love'; Close-up: The Inner Life of the Sonnet: Robert Saxton investigates; The route to a first collection: Andrew Forster talks about his Forward short-listed Fear of Thunder; Poetry in Ceridigion: Matthew Francis on poetry activity in and around Aberystwyth; Publisher Portfolio: Robin Robertson on the Cape poetry list; On The Racks: Fuselit magazine; and Anthologies: three editors on the joys and challenges.

Plus… Letter from the Director: Jules Mann bids farewell; and Members Poems on the theme of Self-Portraits, selected by Colette Bryce.

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Winter 2009