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Safiya Kinshasha Shortlisted for Forward Best First Collection Award

  Congratulations to Safiya Kinshasha whose first collection Cane, Corn, and Gully was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection 2023. Safiya gave a performance of part of the book at the Forward Prizes ceremony in Leeds earlier this week. Safiya is currently a PhD student working on an interdisciplinary project which...

Forward Success for former Poetry Centre Colleagues

          Congratulations to former Poetry Centre colleagues Jason Allen-Paisant and Malika Booker (Douglas Caster Fellow in Poetry) who won major prizes in this year's Forward Awards ceremony held at the West Yorkshire Playhouse here in Leeds. Jason's Self-Portrait as Othello won Best Collection and Malika 'Libation' won Best Individual Poem.

Brotherton Poetry Prize 2023

  We are delighted to announce that submissions to the 2023 Brotherton Poetry Prize are now open. Details of how to enter and the rules of the competition are available here. The judges are Simon Armitage, Malika Booker, Kimberly Campanello, Zaffar Kunial, Caitlin Stobie, and John Whale. The deadline for entries is midnight on September...

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Midsummer Muse

             Image: Andrew Dunn Midsummer Muse: Readings by Poets with links to the University of Leeds Poetry Centre Join the...

Launch of Matt Howard's Broadlands

Join us on the evening of May 8th for the launch of Matt Howard's second collection, Broadlands (Bloodaxe, 2024).  Everyone...

Magma Launch

The University of Leeds Poetry Centre is hosting the northern launch of Magma magazine's latest issue 'Underworld' at which the...

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