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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…
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…