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The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote "a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry". Since then, it has grown into one of Britain's most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes the leading poetry magazine, The Poetry Review.With innovative education and commissioning programmes and a packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions, the Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. "The Poetry Society is the heart and hands of poetry in the UK – a centre which pours out energy to all parts of the poetry-body, and a dexterous set of operations which arrange and organise poetry's various manifestations. It has a long distinguished history, and has never been so vital, or so vitalizing as it is now." Sir Andrew Motion

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The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote "a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry". Since then, it has grown into one of Britain's most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes the leading poetry magazine, The Poetry Review.With innovative education and commissioning programmes and a packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions, the Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. "The Poetry Society is the heart and hands of poetry in the UK – a centre which pours out energy to all parts of the poetry-body, and a dexterous set of operations which arrange and organise poetry's various manifestations. It has a long distinguished history, and has never been so vital, or so vitalizing as it is now." Sir Andrew Motion

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The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote "a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry". Since then, it has grown into one of Britain's most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes the leading poetry magazine, The Poetry Review.With innovative education and commissioning programmes and a packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions, the Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. "The Poetry Society is the heart and hands of poetry in the UK – a centre which pours out energy to all parts of the poetry-body, and a dexterous set of operations which arrange and organise poetry's various manifestations. It has a long distinguished history, and has never been so vital, or so vitalizing as it is now." Sir Andrew Motion

Rank #1: David Constantine reads ‘When I Left You, Afterwards…’ by Bertolt Brecht

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David Constantine reads ‘When I Left You, Afterwards…’ from his Popescu Prize shortlisted translation of Bertolt Brecht’s collection Love Poems, published by Liveright. The Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize has been awarded biennially by The Poetry Society for a volume of poetry translated from a European language into English. The judges this year are Olivia McCannon and Clare Pollard. The prize is supported in 2015 by the British Council. For more information on the 2015 Popescu Prize and selected poems please visit our website: http://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/popescu-prize/2015-2/

Dec 16 2015

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Rank #2: Anne Gray 'Joy'

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Anne Gray reads 'Joy', commended in the Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition. The recording was made before her joint reading with US poet Matthew Dickman at the Poetry Cafe, London, on 23 May 2013.

Jun 25 2013

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Rank #3: Kim Addonizio talks to Maurice Riordan

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US poet Kim Addonizio talks to Maurice Riordan, Editor of The Poetry Review, about riffing on the canon and traditional forms, her view that "emotional experience is the essence of any art" and how "the best humour is also dark and traffics with something else" – how she uses poetry as a process of discovery. She also reads her new poem 'White Flower, Red Flower'.

Dec 02 2014

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Rank #4: The Blackbirds Come by Kim Rooney

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The Blackbirds Come by Kim Rooney by The Poetry Society

Jun 17 2014

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Rank #5: Paul Muldoon talks to Maurice Riordan

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"Many writers write not because they're fluent or because they have any kind of ability in a language but for the exact opposite reason." Paul Muldoon talks to Maurice Riordan, Editor of The Poetry Review, about Heaney, Beckett and Joyce, and reads 'A Dent' from his new collection, One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (Faber).

Feb 05 2015

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Rank #6: Zaffar Kunial talks to Maurice Riordan

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"I'm struck by the meaninglessness of words, how slippery they are and yet I also want to believe in them. I'm left stuck between the two." Zaffar Kunial talks to Maurice Riordan about all his successes in 2014: winning the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, his residency at the Wordsworth Trust (his first job as a 'poet') and publication in the Faber New Poets series. He also talks about writing for Hallmark Cards, bilingualism, identity and discovering his voice as a poet. He also reads his poem 'Fielder'.

Aug 13 2015

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Rank #7: Gillian Allnutt talks to Emily Berry

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‘You listen for the poem to say itself’
Emily Berry talks to Gillian Allnutt about meditation, fragmentation and the ‘hinterland’ of the poem. To connect with more poetry, visit poetrysociety.org.uk

Jun 01 2017

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Rank #8: National Poetry Competition 40th Anniversary Readings: Part 2

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A live recording of the National Poetry Competition 40th Anniversary Readings at Kings Place, held on 20th March 2019 featuring, featuring Caleb Parkin, Geraldine Clarkson, Mary Jean Chan, Fran Lock, Liz Berry, Mark Pajak, Stephen Sexton, Sinéad Morrissey, Ian Duhig and Jo Shapcott. Supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation. You can enter the 2019 National Poetry Competition for yourself at poetrysociety.org.uk/npc. The deadline for entries is 31 October 2019.

This is part 2 of 2!

Jul 16 2019

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Rank #9: Adam Bridgland on his show 'Fables'

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Artist Adam Bridgland talks to Mike Sims about his Poetry Café exhibition,'Fables', the inspiration of song lyrics, caravans, picnics, printmaking and Pop Art.

Jan 16 2014

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Rank #10: Joelle Taylor in conversation with Danez Smith, Anthony Anaxagorou, Jay Bernard and Imani Robinson

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Note: This podcast contains some strong language from the start.

In this collaboration between The Poetry Society, Poet in the City and Out-Spoken, Joelle Taylor brings together of the biggest names on the British and American spoken word scenes about the intersection between their poetic craft, politics and activism. This podcast was recorded backstage at King's Place, London on 24 January 2018, before Danez Smith's sell-out performance of poems from their most recent collection 'Don't Call Us Dead'.

Featuring:
American writer and performer Danez Smith, whose work explores systematic racism, police brutality, and the stigmas around being HIV positive;
Anthony Anaxagorou, poet and founder of Out-Spoken Press, which publishes new, establishment-shaking poetry giving a platform to oppressed and under-represented voices;
Jay Bernard, poet and filmmaker who has helped create spaces and platforms for QITPOC artists in the UK;
Writer and activist Imani Robinson, who works with movements seeking to address anti-black racism and fight for black feminist liberation.

Visit The Poetry Society at http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk
Visit Poet in the City at http://www.poetinthecity.org.uk
Visit Out-Spoken at http://www.outspokenldn.com/

Feb 08 2018

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Rank #11: Jen Hadfield reads 'The Lantern Fly'

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Listen to Jen Hadfied's entrancing reading of her new poem, 'The Lantern Fly', commissioned by The Poetry Society and the Royal Collection Trust, and inspired by Maria Sibylla Merian's painting of a lantern fly. The exhibition of Merian's paintings, Maria Merian's Butterflies, was first shown at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, and continues at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, until 9 October 2016. This recording was made on 26 May 2016 at The Poetry Society premises. To connect with more poetry, visit poetrysociety.org.uk

Jun 20 2016

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Rank #12: Basil Bunting: a discussion by Don Share, Paul Batchelor and Matthew Sperling

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Writing in The Poetry Review, Paul Batchelor described the publication of The Poems of Basil Bunting (Faber), edited by Don Share, as “a major event”. “It is to be hoped,” he continued, “that this excellent edition will mark a turning point in Bunting’s fortunes among English readers, for he has yet to receive his due.” To connect with more poetry, visit poetrysociety.org.uk

Don Share and Paul Batchelor joined Matthew Sperling at University College London recently to reflect on Bunting’s “due”: his place among the greatest of British poets, the triumph that is his masterpiece Briggflatts, and the contemporary relevance of his internationalist, non-isolationist and intellectually curious outlook. You can listen in on the exchange of views in this recording of their discussion.

Nov 28 2016

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Rank #13: The 2019 Poem-A-Thon: Part 5

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On Saturday 18 May 2019, The Poetry Society hosted an all day poetry fundraising extravaganza, including a 10 hour sponsored poetry reading from a line-up of 60 poets. This is part 5 of 5 - you can listen to the first 8 (!) hours of the reading in parts 1-4 on our SoundCloud or via your podcasting app of choice.
See below for the timings of featured poets' sets, and remember that you can still donate to the fundraising campaign via bit.ly/poemdonate.

PART 5: FEATURED POETS
0:00 - Isabel White
12:00 - Mark Waldron
20:15 - Chris Hardy
29:10 - Lantern Carrier
39:15 - Fran Lock
46:00 - Isy Mead
55:00 - Rick Dove
1:06:20 - Sue Johns
1:15:00 - Kat Francois
1:28:30 - Siddharta Bose

Jul 25 2019

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Rank #14: Emily Berry talks to Ishion Hutchinson

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“Poetry is an inner armour available to anyone,” says the celebrated Jamaican poet Ishion Hutchinson in this latest in The Poetry Review podcast series. In conversation with Review Editor Emily Berry, Hutchinson talks about his influences (citing Donne, Eliot and George Seferis) and his poetics; about homesickness, travel and "returning responsibly". Hutchinson also reads his poems, ‘West Ride Out’ and ‘Travel Axe’, both first published in The Poetry Review. To connect with more poetry, visit poetrysociety.org.uk

Nov 22 2017

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Rank #15: Popescu: Ciaran Carson reads Arthur Rimbaud

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Ciaran Carson reads from In the Light Of, after Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud (The Gallery Press), which he translated from French. The book was shortlisted for the 2013 Popescu Prize for Poetry in Translation, organised by the Poetry Society.

Dec 02 2013

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Rank #16: Fiona Benson talks to Emily Berry

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“I think shame is very unhelpful, that taboos can be very unhelpful – maybe we should try and be as brave as our poems.” Fiona Benson, author of the prize-winning collection Bright Travellers, talks to Review Editor Emily Berry, about her new collection Vertigo & Ghost, forthcoming from Cape in 2019. They consider questions of shame, permission and catharsis, the challenges of working with difficult material and ‘breaking through’ – the ways in which writing works to bring the inside outside, and the influence of writers such as Sylvia Plath, Sharon Olds and Lucille Clifton. Benson also reflects on the sublime and its possibilities in contemporary poetry, with reference to Whitman, Rilke and Ginsberg. She reads her astonishing poems ‘Fly’ and ‘[Zeus] Anatomical Dolls’, both first published in The Poetry Review. To connect with more poetry, visit poetrysociety.org.uk

May 03 2018

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Rank #17: The 2019 Poem-A-Thon: Part 1

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*Soundcloud listeners: please tag poets/readings/poems using the comments feature during playback - this will help us create an index people can use to navigate this podcast in all its enormity. Thanks!!!*
On Saturday 18 May 2019, The Poetry Society hosted an all day poetry fundraising extravaganza, including a 10 hour sponsored poetry reading from a line-up of 60 poets. This is part 1, comprising the first 2 hours of the event!
See below for the timings of featured poets' sets, and remember that you can still donate to the fundraising campaign via bit.ly/poemdonate.
PART 1: FEATURED POETS
1:00 : Hilaire
8:45 : Suzanna Fitzpatrick
19:00 :Joshua Idehen
27:00 : Kate Wakeling
40:00 : Felix Stokes
50:00 : Dino Mahoney
1:03:30 : Holly Singlehurst
1:14:00 : Aisling Fahey
01:23:30 : Greg Freeman
01:33:30 : Michael Shann
01 :44:30 : Heather Moulson
01:53:00 : Jake Wild Hall

Stay tuned for parts 2-5, which will be published over the coming days!

May 23 2019

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Rank #18: Mark Doty 'A Green Crab's Shell'

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'A Green Crab's Shell' by Mark Doty. Published in Atlantis (Cape Poetry, 1996). Recorded in the Poetry Society studio, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX, on Tuesday 8 October.

Nov 26 2013

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Rank #19: Jen Hadfield on Maria Merian, death and her poem 'The Lantern Fly'

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Jen Hadfield was commissioned by The Poetry Society and the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, to write her poem, ‘The Lantern Fly’, inspired by an exhibition of paintings by the German artist and entomologist Maria Merian. She talks to Judith Palmer about the “jewelline, sparkling” natural world of her home on Shetland, and how Merian’s pioneering spirit and paintings inspired a poem in which death is represented by the lantern fly, “unable to find the person that it’s meant to be ministering to”. She also reads her poem 'Lichen'. To connect with more poetry, visit poetrysociety.org.uk

Jul 05 2016

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Rank #20: Emily Berry talks to Maurice Riordan

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Emily Berry, who will jointly edit the summer 2016 issue of The Poetry Review, talks to Maurice Riordan about taste, humour and subverting conventional power relationships. They discuss her Forward Prize-winning debut collection, Dear Boy, and shift in tone and subject matter of her upcoming collection Stranger, Baby. Emily also reads her poem ‘Aqua’.

Apr 05 2016

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The Gift by Clare Pollard

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Each year, the Mayor of Oslo, Norway gifts a Christmas tree to the United Kingdom, in commemoration of the two countries' co-operation in the Second World War. The tree then makes the journey to Trafalgar Square in London, where it's on display throughout the holiday season. And each year, The Poetry Society commissions a leading poet to write a poem to then decorate the tree - with a little help from primary school children all over London!
This year's poem is called 'The Gift', and was written by Clare Pollard. You'll hear it read by three children, Pashya, Sophia and Stella from St Peter's C of E Primary School, who were amongst the many to contribute their thoughts and ideas to the poem.
If you're in London at all over Christmas, do go and visit the tree, and see the poem with beautiful artwork by Marcus Walters. It'll be in Trafalgar Square until 6 January.
We hope you enjoy, and Merry Christmas from all of us at The Poetry Society!

Dec 11 2019

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Mark Waldron talks to Emily Berry

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In a conversation that will lighten spirits and fire up brain cells, Emily Berry talks to Mark Waldron in the latest Poetry Review podcast. They discuss children’s books, the theatre and performance, Beckett, Ashbery and “meant silliness”. “I like mixing up childhood and adulthood,” says Waldron, “things from childhood I want to resolve – or look at anyway.” His interest is in the separation between inside and outside – “letting the inside out and seeing if people will accept that.” He also offers two wonderful readings of his poems ‘Contingency’ and ‘To Dig’, first published in The Poetry Review, 109:3, Autumn 2019.

Dec 04 2019

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Stephen Sexton & Kirsten Irving talk poetry and video games

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Stephen Sexton's debut collection If All the World and Love Were Young (Penguin, 2019), navigates childhood, memory, grief and loss through the prism of classic 16-bit video game Super Mario World. Kirsten Irving is a poet and co-editor of Sidekick Books, which has published video game themed anthologies such as Coin Opera and Coin Opera 2. Sexton and Irving joined Oliver Fox in September 2019 to talk about the strange and surprising relationship between their poetry and the world of video games, and read work from their video game themed publications.

Both Stephen Sexton and Kirsten Irving have been prize winners in the National Poetry Competition: as of this podcast's publication you can still enter the 2019 National Poetry Competition ahead of the 31 October deadline over at bit.ly/natpocomp.

Oct 17 2019

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Mind the caesura: Poems on the Underground readings

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Mona Arshi, Imtiaz Dharker, Maura Dooley and John Hegley read poems of theirs all of which were published onto the walls of London's Tube carriages as part of the popular Poems on the Underground scheme. The four poets also read work by W.B. Yeats, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and Robert Burns.
You can order any of the Poems on the Underground posters for free (plus P+P) on The Poetry Society's website: https://poetrysociety.org.uk/product-category/poems-on-the-underground/

"London Underground, Arriving, A.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.org, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license

Oct 03 2019

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National Poetry Competition: Mona Arshi and Wayne Holloway-Smith on writing a prize winning poem

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Mona Arshi, one of three judges in the 2019 National Poetry Competition, joins Wayne Holloway-Smith, the winner of the 2018 National Poetry Competition, to talk to Oliver Fox about what makes a successful poem. They discuss two prize winning poems from the competition's history: 'Oiled Legs Have Their Own Subtext' by Momtaza Mehri (3rd Prize, 2017), and 'The Body in the Library' by Jane Yeh (commended, 2009). If you'd like to enter the National Poetry Competition for yourself, the deadline for entries is 31 October each year. To find out how to enter, visit poetrysociety.org.uk/npc.

Links to featured poems:
'Oiled Legs Have Their Own Subtext' by Momtaza Mehri: https://poetrysociety.org.uk/poems/oiled-legs-have-their-own-subtext

'The Body in the Library' by Jane Yeh:
https://poetrysociety.org.uk/poems/the-body-in-the-library/

Sep 11 2019

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Ilya Kaminsky talks to Emily Berry

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In the latest Poetry Review podcast, Emily Berry talks to Ilya Kaminsky, author of the astonishing and internationally acclaimed collection Deaf Republic. Their conversation ranges across political poetry (only in English do people try to divide poetry that is political and not political, everywhere else poetry is political, says Kaminsky), of matching your method to show what it is you see as a writer, about the need to witness the good as well as the bad, and the poet as a private person. Kaminsky, born in the former Soviet Union but now an American citizen, describes his unrequited love for English: “sometimes a stranger can make love to the language a little better than the native person... of course it can also be very awkward too”.

Aug 16 2019

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The 2019 Poem-A-Thon: Part 5

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On Saturday 18 May 2019, The Poetry Society hosted an all day poetry fundraising extravaganza, including a 10 hour sponsored poetry reading from a line-up of 60 poets. This is part 5 of 5 - you can listen to the first 8 (!) hours of the reading in parts 1-4 on our SoundCloud or via your podcasting app of choice.
See below for the timings of featured poets' sets, and remember that you can still donate to the fundraising campaign via bit.ly/poemdonate.

PART 5: FEATURED POETS
0:00 - Isabel White
12:00 - Mark Waldron
20:15 - Chris Hardy
29:10 - Lantern Carrier
39:15 - Fran Lock
46:00 - Isy Mead
55:00 - Rick Dove
1:06:20 - Sue Johns
1:15:00 - Kat Francois
1:28:30 - Siddharta Bose

Jul 25 2019

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National Poetry Competition 40th Anniversary Readings: Part 2

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A live recording of the National Poetry Competition 40th Anniversary Readings at Kings Place, held on 20th March 2019 featuring, featuring Caleb Parkin, Geraldine Clarkson, Mary Jean Chan, Fran Lock, Liz Berry, Mark Pajak, Stephen Sexton, Sinéad Morrissey, Ian Duhig and Jo Shapcott. Supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation. You can enter the 2019 National Poetry Competition for yourself at poetrysociety.org.uk/npc. The deadline for entries is 31 October 2019.

This is part 2 of 2!

Jul 16 2019

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National Poetry Competition 40th Anniversary Readings: Part 1

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A live recording of the National Poetry Competition 40th Anniversary Readings at Kings Place, held on 20th March 2019 featuring, featuring Caleb Parkin, Geraldine Clarkson, Mary Jean Chan, Fran Lock, Liz Berry, Mark Pajak, Stephen Sexton, Sinéad Morrissey, Ian Duhig and Jo Shapcott. Supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation. You can enter the 2019 National Poetry Competition for yourself at poetrysociety.org.uk/npc. The deadline for entries is 31 October 2019.

This is part 1 of 2!

Jul 16 2019

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Rachel Long, Chicago Youth Poet Laureates and Foyle Young Poets

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Rachel Long speaks to recent Foyle winners Em Power and Fiy Oladipo, and Chicago Youth Poet Laureates Kara Jackson, Natalie Rose Richardson and Patricia Frazier, about what it means to be a young poet, what UK and American poets can learn from one another, and much more.
If you're a young person aged 11-17, remember that you can still enter the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award up to the 31 July deadline at www.foyleyoungpoets.org.

Jul 05 2019

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The Poem-A-Thon Part 4

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On Saturday 18 May 2019, The Poetry Society hosted an all day poetry fundraising extravaganza, including a 10 hour sponsored poetry reading from a line-up of 60 poets. This is part 4, comprising hours 7-8 of the event.

See below for the timings of featured poets' sets, and remember that you can still donate to the fundraising campaign via bit.ly/poemdonate.
FEATURED POETS
00:30 : Leo Boix
11:00 : Matthew Caley
19:30 : Julia Bird
30:20 : Maggie Sawkins
39:50 : Stella Meadows
48:00 : Katrina Naomi
1:01:00 : Fawzia Kane
1:10:00 : Shanta Acharya
1:17:30 : Judy Brown
1:26:00 : Rachel Sambrooks
1:38:00 : Chrys Salt
1:41:00: Emma Gordon
1:57:00 Alice Hiller (CONTENT WARNING: the final reading in this podcast contains subject matter that some listeners may find distressing, including poems dealing with childhood trauma and sexual abuse. We've also added a content warning just before the reading, so listeners can decide whether to continue.)

Jun 28 2019

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Denise Riley talks to Emily Berry

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In a brilliant, wide-ranging discussion with Emily Berry, Editor of The Poetry Review, the celebrated poet Denise Riley talks about the art of composition – of indifferent mechanicals and of jigsaws pieced into sense from the edge pieces, confessional literature, lyric shame and strategies for repair. She also reads two poems just published in The Poetry Review: ‘How does anyone get over these things’ and ‘Another Agony in the Garden’.

Jun 06 2019

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The 2019 Poem-A-Thon: Part 3

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On Saturday 18 May 2019, The Poetry Society hosted an all day poetry fundraising extravaganza, including a 10 hour sponsored poetry reading from a line-up of 60 poets. This is part 3, comprising hours 4-6 of the event. You can listen to parts 1 and 2 on Soundcloud or your podcasting app of choice.
See below for the timings of featured poets' sets, and remember that you can still donate to the fundraising campaign via bit.ly/poemdonate.
PART 3: FEATURED POETS
2:00 : Tamar Yoseloff
12:30 : Claire Collison
23:30 : Martyn Crucefix
33:30 : Sophia Blackwell
44:30 : Claudine Toutoungi
54:00 : Natalie Whittaker
1:03:00 : Noah Jacob
1:09:30 : Graham Clifford
1:24:00 : Sarala Estruch
1:32:30 : Geraldine Clarkson
1:45:00 : Ben Rogers
1:55:00 : Jade Cuttle
The final two parts will be made available as soon as we're done editing. Nearly there!

May 29 2019

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The 2019 Poem-A-Thon: Part 2

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On Saturday 18 May 2019, The Poetry Society hosted an all day poetry fundraising extravaganza, including a 10 hour sponsored poetry reading from a line-up of 60 poets. This is part 2, comprising hours 2-4 of the event. You can listen to part 1 on Soundcloud or your podcasting app of choice.
See below for the timings of featured poets' sets, and remember that you can still donate to the fundraising campaign via bit.ly/poemdonate.
PART 2: FEATURED POETS
0:00 : Julie Irigaray
10:30 : Eithne Cullen
22:00 : Bridget Minamore
33:00 : Denise Saul
43:45 : Sam Grudgings
52:30 : Lisa Kelly
01:00:00 : Kirsten Irving
01:13:00 : Oliver Fox
01:23:30: Helen Bowell
01:32:30 : Ramona Herdman
01:42:00 : Astra Papachristodoulou

The final 3 parts will be made available as soon as we're done editing: stay tuned!

May 28 2019

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The 2019 Poem-A-Thon: Part 1

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*Soundcloud listeners: please tag poets/readings/poems using the comments feature during playback - this will help us create an index people can use to navigate this podcast in all its enormity. Thanks!!!*
On Saturday 18 May 2019, The Poetry Society hosted an all day poetry fundraising extravaganza, including a 10 hour sponsored poetry reading from a line-up of 60 poets. This is part 1, comprising the first 2 hours of the event!
See below for the timings of featured poets' sets, and remember that you can still donate to the fundraising campaign via bit.ly/poemdonate.
PART 1: FEATURED POETS
1:00 : Hilaire
8:45 : Suzanna Fitzpatrick
19:00 :Joshua Idehen
27:00 : Kate Wakeling
40:00 : Felix Stokes
50:00 : Dino Mahoney
1:03:30 : Holly Singlehurst
1:14:00 : Aisling Fahey
01:23:30 : Greg Freeman
01:33:30 : Michael Shann
01 :44:30 : Heather Moulson
01:53:00 : Jake Wild Hall

Stay tuned for parts 2-5, which will be published over the coming days!

May 23 2019

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Mary Jean Chan reads 'The Window'

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To celebrate the poem's shortlisting for the 2019 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, Mary Jean Chan reads 'The Window', which was first published as the 2nd prize winner in the 2017 National Poetry Competition. You can find the poem, and enter the National Poetry Competition for yourself, at http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/npc

May 23 2019

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Will Harris talks to Emily Berry

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Will Harris, Poetry Review contributor and the most recent winner of the Arts Foundation poetry fellowship, started writing poetry when it wasn't cool. Here, he talks to Review Editor Emily Berry about discovering dreams as inspiration, Emily Bronte, the meanings – problematic and otherwise – of 'white', video games and putting together his first full collection. He also reads from his wonderful sequence 'The White Jumper' (which he has also written about in the Review section of poetrysociety.org.uk).

Mar 14 2019

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W.S. Graham reads 'The Constructed Space'

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Recorded in his Cornwall home in the 1970s, W.S. Graham, "solitary pioneer at the edge of language", reads his celebrated poem 'The Constructed Space'. Graham's centenary was celebrated in 2018. Join us at bit.ly/wsgevent to hear more. Author photo © Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2019. All rights reserved.

Feb 01 2019

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W.S. Graham reads 'I Leave This At Your Ear'

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Recorded in his Cornwall home in the 1970s, W.S. Graham, "solitary pioneer at the edge of language", reads his poem 'I Leave This At Your Ear'. Graham's centenary was celebrated in 2018. Join us at bit.ly/wsgevent to hear more. Author photo © Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2019. All rights reserved.

Feb 01 2019

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Look Into My Lights by Joseph Coelho

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Acclaimed children's poet Joseph Coelho performs his new poem 'Look Into My Lights', with images dreamt up by London schoolchildren. This poem was commissioned by The Poetry Society for the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree 2018 and you can read the text online at: poems.poetrysociety.org.uk/poems/look-into-my-lights The poem is displayed on a vibrant banner designed by James Brown around the tree until early January 2019.

Since 2009, The Poetry Society has worked with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London to create a poetry project inspired by the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree, which is now established as a central part of the tradition. Poetry from workshops in Westminster primary schools is presented each year to one of the UK’s best children’s poets. Their task is to produce a new poem celebrating the gift of the tree from the Mayor of Oslo. The poem is read out at the official lighting up ceremony and displayed around the base of the tree.

Find out more about The Poetry Society's Look North More Often programme: poetrysociety.org.uk/projects/look-north-more-often-the-trafalgar-square-christmas-tree/

Photo by Hayley Madden for The Poetry Society.

Dec 19 2018

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