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Where to Submit Your Poetry in 2024

You’ve just completed a Poetry School course and have written and edited a few new poems, so what now? Here are some places to publish and submit your poetry. Submitting your poems to a magazine, journal, or press is the first step to sharing your work with an audience and building up a readership, which…

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Fran Lock – T.S. Eliot Prize Writers’ Notes

Welcome to our T.S. Eliot Prize 2023 Writers’ Notes. This year, alongside the usual Readers’ Notes, the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Poetry School are collaborating on a set of Writers’ Notes for the shortlisted collections. These are educational resources for poets looking to develop their practice and learn from some of contemporary poetry’s most exciting and accomplished…

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Review: Standing in the Forest of Being Alive by Katie Farris

Stephanie Sy-Quia reads the new poetry collection by Katie Farris and discovers a message of hope and perseverance. Katie Farris’s second collection revolves around treatment for breast cancer, with the mastectomy as the great before and after – a dividing line along which most of the collection falls. Other moments of magnitude are the Capitol…

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‘What are we supposed to use, harsh language?’

Chrissy Williams on using the movie ALIENS to create her one-day poetry workshop, Short Controlled Bursts. When poets, myself included, turn to cinema for inspiration, it’s often to complex films with a philosophical bent which are crafted with deliberately poetic tools; not machine guns, armored cars, and aliens who burst through the chests of their…

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Momtaza Mehri – How I Did It ‘A Few Facts We Hesitantly Know to Be Somewhat True’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection to write about the inspiration behind their collection. Here’s Momtaza Mehri on what inspired her to write Bad Diaspora Poems. This was one of a series of poems I…

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HOW I DID IT – Zena Edwards ‘HUMAN: THIS EMBODIED KNOWLEDGE’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (Performed) to write about the inspiration behind their poem. Here’s Zena Edwards on what inspired her to write ‘Human : This Embodied Knowledge’. This piece has always wanted to…

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Eric Yip – How I Did It ‘Fricatives’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (Written) to write about the inspiration behind their poem. Here’s Eric Yip on what inspired him to write ‘Frictatives.’ Thinking about a poem after having written it feels like…

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Kandace Siobhan Walker – How I Did It ‘Cowboy’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection to write about the inspiration behind the poems in their collection. Here’s Kandace Siobhan Walker on what inspired her to write Cowboy. When I was editing Cowboy, I was…

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Kathryn Bevis – How I Did It ‘My body tells me that she’s filing for divorce’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (Written) to write about the inspiration behind their chosen poem. Here’s Kathryn Bevis on what inspired her to write ‘My body tells me that she’s filing for divorce.’ On…

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MA in Writing in Poetry Scholarships 2023/24

We are delighted to announce that for academic year 2023-24, four outstanding students have been awarded full-fee scholarships for the Poetry School’s MA in Writing Poetry accredited by Newcastle University. This year two scholarships entirely funded entirely by the Poetry School have been awarded. We are pleased to award a Poetry School Scholarship to an outstanding candidate, Elontra Hall, a Black-American poet…

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Michael Pedersen – How I Did It ‘The Cat Prince’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (Performed) to write about the inspiration behind some of their poems from the chosen collection. Here’s Michael Pedersen on what inspired him to write ‘The Cat Prince‘. ‘The Cat…

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Review Round-up: The Body of Language

Shalini Sengupta reads three new poetry collections by Alycia Pirmohamed, Jay Gao, and Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa. On Another Way to Split Water by Alycia Pirmohamed 1. How do the words get to the page? 2. What attracts them? 3. What did you burn? 4. What did you give to the river? These lines from Bhanu…

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Stanzas for Ukraine – 25

The Heat by Fedir Mlynchenko, translated from the Ukrainian by Stephen Komarnyckyj My flight from the war, launched by Moscow against Ukraine, is similar to the stories of millions of other forced exiles. It’s still too painful to even think about and especially to share my recollections.Despite having traversed thousands of kilometres, I still couldn’t…

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Jane Clarke – How I Did It ‘Pit Ponies of Glendasan’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection to write about the inspiration behind some of their poems from the chosen collection. Here’s Jane Clarke on what inspired her to write A Change in the Air. On a…

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Kit Fan – How I Did It ‘2047: A Hong Kong Space Odyssey’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection to write about the inspiration behind some of their poems from the chosen collection. Here’s Kit on what inspired him to write The Ink Cloud Reader. My Hong Kong childhood…

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How I Did It: Forward Prizes – Elisabeth Sennitt Clough on ‘My Name is Abilene’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection to write about the inspiration behind some of their poems from the chosen collection. Here’s Elisabeth Sennitt Clough on what inspired her to write My Name is Abilene. My Name…

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Stanzas for Ukraine – 24

 Dreams by Dmytro Lazutkin, translated from the Ukrainian by Stephen Komarnyckyj My four-year-old daughter asked me one day “Dad, how is it that we dream?” Wasn’t she too young to be interested in concepts like this? I thought. The answer surely was no. But was I ready for such challenges as answering this question? Of…

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A Story That Will Never End; An Obituary, for Victoria Amelina

The Ukrainian writer Victoria Amelina died at the weekend from injuries she sustained following a Russian missile attack on the pizzeria where she was dining on 27 June 2023. Her death, which was announced on 3 July 2023, brings the total number of casualties from the strike to 13, including four children. Victoria, who was…

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That’s where you get your man badge at: Poetry and Fatherhood.

Yogi (Christopher Powell) to Marcus (William Jackson Harper): You can’t just try. You have to just do it. You gotta mould this kid. It’s gonna look like you. It needs to act like you…. Plus, the whole fatherhood shit, that’s where you get your man badge at. This is where you earn it, bro. What…

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MA in Writing Poetry

Are you determined to take your poetry to the next level?Apply now for the MA in Writing Poetry The MA in Writing Poetry is an accredited degree with Newcastle University and the Poetry School, delivered as part-time course over two years. The course is taught in-person at Somerset House, Strand, London by established poets through workshopping, masterclasses and 1-2-1 tutorials. To see some of the fantastic…

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Stanzas for Ukraine – 22

From the Springs of the Earth by Vasyl Makhno, translated from the Ukrainian by Stephen Komarnyckyj I belong to the ranks of those who witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union with their own eyes, and the Revolution on Granite and Ukraine’s Declaration of Independence. However, by contrast I observed the Orange Revolution and The…

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Form Laboratory 

Here are some exceptional poems from Jacqueline Saphra’s Form Laboratory. When I proposed this set of collaborative workshops to The Poetry School, I had no idea of the creativity it would unleash. During the darkening evenings of Autumn 2022, Thursdays became a poetic laboratory where an adventurous, generous, and inspired group of poets invented new…

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Writing My Sister

My sister died suddenly on 5 April. This blog was going to be about the ways I get myself writing. The analogies I find helpful. Tech, for example: harder to reboot, better to keep it going all the time, in any way you can. Remind yourself you are writing a lot of the time. Remind…

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THE GRACE COOK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2023

Applications are now open for this fully funded scholarship to the Poetry School’s MA in Writing Poetry 2023 Who is Grace Cook? Grace was my beloved wife of 22 years. On 17th June 2022, she passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 59. A person of immense kindness and deep intelligence, she was…

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Stanzas for Ukraine – 21

Hatred by Halyna Huliieva, translated from the Ukrainian by Stephen Komarnyckyj The subjects and themes of my writing didn’t fundamentally change after 24 February 2022. The war as far as I and many other Ukrainians were concerned didn’t begin last year (and ultimately probably not nine years ago) because I studied history and somehow always…

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