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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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Sri Lankan Poetry Reading with Vidyan Ravinthiran, Pireeni Sundaralingam and Shash Trevett

The University of Leeds Poetry Centre and the Centre for World Literatures/International Writers at Leeds present a reading and discussion...

Poetry Showcase at the Ilkley Festival

The Poetry centre showcase returns to the Ilkley Literature Festival on its poetry day - Saturday 14th October. Join us...

Kwame Dawes in Conversation with Malika Booker and book launch of his latest collection, Sturge Town

Courtesy of Peepal Tree press and the University of Leeds Poetry Centre, join us for an evening's entertainment for the...

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