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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…
  Kimberly Campanello, Lecturer In the School of English,  and former Douglas Caster Poetry Fellows Zaffar Kunial and Malika Booker, are among the 30 poets from around the world commissioned by Poet Laureate and our own Professor of Poetry, Simon Armitage to take part in Ripples of Hope, a major festival of music and literature…
The University of Leeds Poetry Centre is pleased to be a partner in ‘Inspired by Bragg’, a series of events and activities celebrating the life of Nobel prize winner William Henry Bragg, and commemorating the launch of the new multi-million pound W H Bragg Building at the University of Leeds. As part of the series…
Matt Howard has been appointed to the Douglas Caster Fellowship in Poetry. He is the fifth Fellow and follows in the footsteps of Helen Mort, Malika Booker, Vahni Capildeo, and Zaffar Kunial. Matt’s first full collection, Gall, was published by The Rialto in 2018. It won the 2018 East Anglian Book Award for Poetry, was…