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The Centre features prominently at this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival. We are offering an online Poetry Centre Showcase featuring Jason Allen-Paisant, Malika Booker, Kimberly Campanello, Charlotte Eichler, Lydia Kennaway, Zaffar Kunial, Caitlin Stobie, and John Whale. This free event is live on Sunday 25 October at 4pm. John Whale and Rachel Bower are judges for…
Congratulations to former Douglas Caster Fellow and Poetry Centre colleague Malika Booker who has been shortlisted in the Best Poem category for this year’s Forward Prizes for ‘The Little Miracles’ which was published in Magma magazine. The winners will be announced in October.
The latest issue of Poetry & Audience, Vol. 49: Winter 2019, is out. Edited by undergraduates Jake Ferguson, Tife Kusoro,  Eva Liukineviciute, and Lauren Maltas, it contains new poems by Derbhla McDermott, Rachel Bower, Eliza Brooks, Karl O’Hanlon,  Angelica Kinkler, Elizabeth Herring, Holly Miller, Max Shirley, Ruby Carbonell, Lydia Kennaway, E. J. Coates, and Laura…
Acclaimed poet Jackie Kay praises Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow for poems that are “startling in their originality.” In the feature, which introduces favourite authors who “open up the world to you and give you the world back,” Jackie Kay explains how Zaffar Kunial “traces the roots in language to then track the roots in his mixed-race identity,…
Zaffar Kunial, our Douglas Caster Fellow, read ‘The Opener’ from Six, his new pamphlet of cricket poems recently published by Faber & Faber, on the BBC’s Today Programme this morning. A life-long cricket fan, Zaffar is currently working on a project with the Oval Cricket Ground.
Kimberly Campanello, poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of English and member of the Poetry Centre, has been awarded a major new bursary of €20,000 by Ireland’s Arts Council and Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht in Ireland. The award was presented by the Irish Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan and…
Simon Armitage’s second laureate poem ‘Finishing It’ has been commissioned by the Institute of Cancer Research and will go on display next year at their new Centre for Drug Discovery. It is micro-engraved by artist Graham Short on the sides of a replica cancer pill measuring only 22mm x 10 mm. To read the full…
Congratulations to our Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Poetry Vahni Capildeo on being elected and inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. The ceremony took place at Carlton House on Monday 24 June with an address by the Society’s President Marina Warner. Vahni signed the roll book of fellows using George Eliot’s…
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…