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

Autumn 2014

StevPoetry News Summer 2013e Ely and Denise Riley write about The Pity, a Poetry Society commission for which they, along with Warsan Shire and Zaffar Kunial, created a vivid, contemporary response to the legacy of WW1.

Katharine Towers explains how the Poetry Society's one-to-one Poetry Surgeries can help with your poetry; Anne-Marie Fyfe, Kate Noakes, Maggie Sawkins and Martin Figura offer do's and don'ts on running poetry events, and Chris McCabe, Linda France, Amy Mackelden and Jacob Polley explain their very different approaches to managing drafts. Read the winning poems in the Bristol Poetry Institute/RWA competition for poems inspired by Judith Aronson's Likenesses.

Plus... an interview with NPC second-prize winner Paula Bohince, who reads at Aldeburgh this year; Anna Robinson on academic, country house and museum  poetry collections, and Luke Kennard's pick of members' poems on the National Poetry Day theme of 'remember'.


Summer 2014

Poetry News Summer 2013Interviews with Maggie Sawkins, winner of the Ted Hughes Award 2013, and Suzanna Fitzpatrick, winner of the Hamish Canham Prize.

A Q&A with Carolyn Forché, who will give the Poetry Society Annual Lecture, in London, and a reading at the University of Liverpool. Jackie Kay does the robot at IF: Milton Keynes International Festival, Stephen Wilson on Isaac Rosenberg, Jan Bay Petersen on Poetry Prescription – plus summer reads – which are this summer's must-read collections, as suggested by members and others...

Plus... Ian Duhig on Laurence Sterne's and his own digressions, Carolyn Jess-Cooke on 'writing motherhood', Maitreyabandhu on Robert Hass, Anna Robinson on poetry in public libraries, and Carrie Etter's pick of members' poems on the theme of 'loss'.


Spring 2014

Linda France wins thPoetry News Summer 2013e National Poetry Competition, Eleanor Turney interviews her about her poem, 'Bernard and Cerinthe'; publisher profile: Penned in the Margins; Carole Bromley on running a Stanza group; poetry and music, past and present, by Michael Horovitz and Hylda Sims, and Patrick Widdess on the grave trail: poets Tim Clare, Mark Grist and Mixy visit poets' graves.

Plus... Eileen Cooper RA on the Ted Hughes Award shortlist, the launch of the new Poetry Train resource and Daljit Nagra's pick of members' poems on the theme of 'looking back'.




Winter 2013/14

Poetry News Summer 2013Popescu judges David Wheatley and Karen Leeder on the 2013 shortlist for this prestigious translation prize, including Alice Oswald's winning collection, Memorial; David Swann on his poet hero A.E. Coppard and Richard Scott on his: Mark Doty. Christine Webb writes on poetry and truth and the fertile territory between them; Ben Miller explores Pessoa's Lisbon and Anna Robinson throws open the doors to the marvellous poetry holidings of the six copyright libraries in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Plus... Kei Miller on the Buckingham Palace reception for contemporary poetry, Sarah Corbett on the lively poetry scene in Hebden Bridge and Katrina Porteous's pick of members' poems on the theme of 'unsayable'.


 LISTEN to the full-length version of Richard Scott's interview of acclaimed US poet Mark Doty.