Thursday, 6 October 2011

national poetry day - and a poetry-writing-fundraising challenge

Happy National Poetry Day, folks! In fact, John Hegley stopped by the shop this morning to have a rummage through our poetry shelves in celebration. He'll be performing tonight at The Bloomsbury, if that tickles your fancy. Also, to celebrate the day, Templar are very generously giving away 250 poetry pamphlets. You can choose from their short collections [at the bottom of this page here], and simply email info@templarpoetry.co.uk with your choice and your address so they can post it out to you. Hurry, quick, before they all go!

You can check out some of my poetry, if you like, over at Agenda. The rest are in print publications, and there's a list of those over to the left *points* You could even write a Poem in a Pile if you like.


At the moment I'm reading Salt's 'Best British Poetry 2011' and can't recommend it highly enough. It's edited by Roddy Lumsden, and has an amazing selection of poetry which he chose as the best published in literary journals over the year. I'm falling in love all over again with poets I already adore: Liz Berry, Sophie Mayer, Emily Berry, Andrew Philip... and discovering poets I'd never stumbled across before. Do it. Buy it. IT'S NATIONAL POETRY DAY, FOR GOODNESS SAKE. Ahem.

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