Poetry can ‘focus our attention and become a small present (in both senses of the word) in the middle of change,’ says one of the 12 poets selected for the UK’s BBC Local Radio participation in Forward Arts’ National Poetry Day 2018.
Saying that it’s ‘invested in ensuring a culturally and creatively diverse shortlist.’ the Rebecca Swift Foundation opens its new Women Poet’s Prize for entries with a deadline of July 23.
Ten books of poetry and five single poems are shortlisted for the 2018 edition of the UK’s Forward Poetry Prizes, which are to be awarded in London in September.
This year’s Dylan Thomas Prize goes to a poet whose focus is on black masculinity and the experiences of young black men in contemporary British society–’immensely relevant,’ as the jury chair puts it.
A program that provides more than 27,000 educators with weekly poetry and teaching materials to support it has won the 2018 Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation.
The way to open a new poetry bookstore at a communal office, says the UK’s Second Home, is to hold a poetry festival on the premises. The company’s Holland Park facility is the venue in June.
PEN International president Jennifer Clement’s fourth novel, ‘Gun Love,’ is focused on the United States’ firearm culture and is set in Florida. At London Book Fair, she focused on that and on challenges in women’s equality.
The London Book Fair introduces a fair illustrator and a fair poet in April, for special recognition and appearances. And tranlsation press Tilted Axis forms a partnership for rights in Australia, New Zealand.
For a second time in its 46-year life, the Costa Book Award’s chief honor is a posthumous award, the jury chair calling Helen Dunmore’s ‘Inside the Wave’ poetry collection ‘a modern classic.’
Entries open today (January 22) in the Forward Prizes in for Poetry, with a total purse of £16,000 (US$22,175) divided among three categories of work. Writing from the UK and Ireland is eligible.