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The Leeds Peace Poetry Prize 2022, held in partnership with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre, has announced the winners in its adult category. Judges Malika Booker and Jason Allen-Paisant awarded first prize to Andy Dalgleish for his poem ‘Red Borscht’. Sarah Leavesley was second with ‘Counting the Cost’, and Moria Garland came third with…
The University of Leeds Poetry Centre is happy to announce its collaboration with The Rialto magazine, along with the RSPB, BirdLife International, and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative for its 2023 Nature And Place Poetry Competition 2023 Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place and these terms will be given a…
31st October 18.00 Workshop Theatre BOCAS UK TOUR: with Jason Allen-Paisant, Shivanee Ramlochan, Malika Booker, Adam Lowe, and Emily Zobel Marshall. 3rd November 18.00 Workshop Theatre Book Launch Caitlin Stobie Thin Slices 8th November 18.00 Workshop Theatre, Shara McCallum 1st December 18.00 School of English Foyer, Sean O’Brien 6th December 18.00 School of English Foyer,…
For those of you who couldn’t make Songs We Learn from Trees, the Ethiopian poetry event on May 9th which featured readings by the poets Kebedech TEKLEAB, Mihret KEBEDE, Misrak TEREFE, Bedilu WAKJIRA and Alemu TEBEJE, and translator, Chris BECKETT, you can now access a recording here.  
Congratulations to former Douglas Caster Poetry Fellow (2019-2021) Zaffar Kunial who is the recipient of a 2022 Windham-Campbell Prize of $165,000 awarded by Yale University. Zaffar expressed his surprise at the announcement: ‘I’m still rubbing my eyes at the news, and at the thought that my slim book made it through the judging process –…
The winner of the first Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust staff poetry competition was announced by Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate and Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. The theme for the competition was ‘A poem for our times’ and it attracted entries from across the Trust, in roles varying from clerics to consultants….
Photo by Ror Conaty sorry that you were not moved, an interactive collaborative digital poetry publication by Kimberly Campanello and Christodoulos Makris, took place on February 10. It  explored space-time dimensions of travel through experimental-appropriative writing strategies and audiovisual interventions. It was created in collaboration with Ian Maleney of Fallow Media, inspired by Italo Calvino’s…
  Lauren Pope has been named the winner of the 2021 Brotherton Poetry Prize. Lauren, an American living in Edinburgh, was selected from hundreds of entrants by a panel of judges including Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, Professor of Poetry at Leeds.  She was presented with her award at an event last night, after each shortlisted…