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We are delighted to announce that former Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Poetry Malika Booker is the recipient of a Cholmondeley Award for her outstanding contribution to poetry. The presentation took place on Monday 17 June at the 2019 Society of Authors’ Awards Ceremony, held in Southwark Cathedral and hosted by Jackie Kay. The other…
Professor Simon Armitage has performed one of his first official duties since becoming Poet Laureate – announcing the winner of our new poetry prize. Professor Simon Armitage (centre), the new Poet Laureate, with judges and finalists in the inaugural Brotherton Poetry Prize Dane Holt, a PhD researcher at Queen’s University Belfast, will receive mentoring and…
University of Leeds Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage has been appointed the UK’s new Poet Laureate. He succeeds Dame Carol Ann Duffy in the 351-year-old role, becoming the 21st Poet Laureate for a fixed term of ten years. Professor Armitage said: “It’s a huge honour to be appointed Poet Laureate, one of the great high…
We are delighted to announce that former colleague and Leeds alumna Hannah Copley has won first prize in this year’s Newcastle Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Juice’. She adds this award to the first prize she won in last year’s York Festival Poetry Competition. Hannah was previously shortlisted for the Faber New Poets Prize (2015/16),…
Kimberly Campanello’s latest publication MOTHERBABYHOME is a 796-page ‘report’ comprised of conceptual and visual poetry on St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co. Galway. An excavation of voices, the poems are composed entirely of text taken from historical archives and contemporary sources related to the Home. The 796 poems are printed on transparent vellum…
Vahni Capildeo’s newest publication Skin Can Hold is due for publication on 30th May 2019 from Carcanet. ‘Skin Can Hold marks an experimental departure for a traditionally pen-and-paper poet as she explores embodied practice—theatre, dance, and experimental performance. These texts are the fruit of those experiments and collaborations, drawing on her sporadic training in the…
Jason Allen-Paisant,  Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of Modern Languages Cultures and Societies, has published his long poem ‘Un-Dad Elegy’ in Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters. You can follow the link to the poem here: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/715484 Keep an eye on our blog pages over the next few days as Jason is…
The latest issue of our long-running magazine Poetry & Audience (Autumn/Winter 2018; Vol. 48. No.2) featuring Mimi Khalvati, Jon Glover, Brandon Marlon, Caitlin Stobie and recent winners of the Alison Morland Prize is out now and available for £3. Contact: engpanda@leeds.ac.uk