Category: Poetry

“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”  On this day in 1834 the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge died aged 61.

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The Japanese ‘haiku‘ is an incredibly deceptive form of poetry.  Simple rules, easy to create, but hard to perfect.  To celebrate the end of the school year, here’s one for the students who will be back in September, urging you …

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‘Live fast, die young‘: not many people embody that famous rock’n’roll sentiment more than Percy Bysshe Shelley, who died on 08 July 1822 at just 29 years old.

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Here’s an interesting article from a teenage poet on the liberating effect of writing poetry. I can really understand the concept that poetry is empowering rather than restricting or daunting.  The ‘rules’ are more fluid than prose, but that does …

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When I’m not teaching English at UVHS, I am the Chair of the National Association for the Teachers of English.  Sounds geeky?  It is … but it means that I get to meet real heroes of English.

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Today marks the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  It’s perhaps especially sobering to think that on that single day the British Army saw some 19,000 men killed – far more than the current population …

Remembering the Somme 100 years on … Read More »

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                                      The Poetry Society’s Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious competitions for …

Competition: Foyle Young Poets, ends 31/07 Read More »

Today the Guardian has published a series of tips for budding creative writers in an increasingly connected – and sometimes harsh – world.  You can access them here. Although the article’s aimed at teenage girl writers, I think much of the …

Creative Writers: “Don’t feed the trolls” Read More »

UNESCO have just awarded this accolade to a 1,000-year-old volume of poetry (a source and inspiration for JRR Tolkien, amongst others) which is on display at Exeter Cathedral. Click here for more information …

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This weekend sees the first ever Kendal Poetry Festival taking place. Highlights include a free poetry workshop run by the award-winning Clare Shaw on Friday afternoon.  She’ll also be ‘headlining’ in the Main Reading on Saturday afternoon.  Saturday finishes with an Open …

Kendal Poetry Festival: 24-26 June Read More »

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