Category

Poetry

The Life of Dorothy Hewett, Feminist Poet, Novelist and Playwright

By | Authors, Poetry | No Comments
Dorothy Hewett (May 21st, 1923 – August 25th 2002) was an Australian poet, novelist and playwright known for her feminist writings. Considered one of Australia’s best-loved and respected writers, Hewett published many poetry collections, plays and novels, a lifetime’s work that earned her the accolade ‘The Order of Australia”.

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Hewett was raised on a sheep and wheat farm. She was initially home educated before attending Perth College, aged 15. While the college was run by Anglican nuns, Hewett was an atheist and remained so her entire life.

Read More

Molly Case, NHS nurse, poet, and writer recites ‘Nursing the Nation’

By | News, Poetry, Video | No Comments
Molly Case entered the public eye in 2013 when she was asked to read her poem Nursing the Nation at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress. Molly recited her poem and received a standing ovation from other healthcare professionals, various campaigners, politicians, and influential speakers.

Since then Molly has published a book of her poetry, influenced by vulnerable and touching moments working in the NHS, and more recently written her memoir, How To Treat People. 

Molly’s empathy and passion for nursing is beautifully displayed in rich and lyrical language in both her poetry and prose. Her writing is a much needed honest and fascinating insight into the underappreciated and underrepresented backbone of the UK’s Nation Health Service.

Find her recital at the 2013 Royal College of Nursing congress below along with links to her books.

Read More

Scholars Discover Proof That Chaucer’s Work Actually Written by His Wife

By | Authors, News, Poetry | 3 Comments
This week the literary world has been thrown into disaray at the news that the work of the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages was actually little known Phillippa Roet.

Scholars have discovered definitive proof that all works currently attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales were actually written by Chaucer’s wife, Philiipa Roet.

Read More

Ted Hughes Prize Awarded Top Deaf Poet Raymond Antrobus

By | News, Poetry | No Comments
Raymond Antrobus, a 33-year-old British Jamaican poet, has been awarded the Ted Hughes Award for poetry, despite the fact he strongly challenged Ted Hughes’ own poem which describes a class of deaf children as “alert and simple”. Antrobus won the award for his debut collection of poems called The Perseverance, which covers his struggles growing up deaf, the death of his father, and his biracial heritage.

Read More

Beautiful Cosmos by the eccentric Scottish poet Ivor Cutler

By | Poetry, Video | No Comments
Ivor Cutler was a Scottish poet and humorist born in Glasgow in 1923. He is best known for his appearances on the BBC Radio shows presented by John Peel, and for his work on The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. 

His humour and eccentric way with words made Ivor a truly unique individual- often his stories are fantastical and absolute nonsense, with a twist of unnerving dourness.

His surreal observations are often seen as childlike, with stories that are often tinged with a dark naivety and whimsy.

Check out Beautiful Cosmos below, a lyrical poem written for the only woman in his life to truly understand him- Phyllis King- who co-wrote, and was another driving force behind his success.

Read More

A 10-year-old dyslexic student’s ‘palindrome poem’ has gone viral

By | News, Poetry | No Comments
A ‘palindrome poem’ written by 10-year-old student from the Southeast of England has gone viral thanks to their teacher sharing the poem on Twitter.

Jane Broadis, a primary school teacher in the UK, posted the inspiring poem on Twitter where it went viral within the day, reaching 47k retweets and 158k Likes so far. The young author, known only as ‘AO’, wrote the poem about their struggles with dyslexia- most importantly about people’s perceptions of those with dyslexia. It is a surprising, clever, and thought-provoking poem, and thousands of people fell in love with it all over the internet.

See for yourself below!

Read More

How one boy fought back at bullies with poetry

By | News, Poetry | No Comments
Poetry can be a great tool for working through your feelings and one British boy knows this all to well.

Alfie Coleiro from Eastbourne, had been bullied via anonymous messages sent on Instagram, his smartphone, and even via his Playstation. Horrifyingly, many of the nasty messages were telling him to kill himself, and that he should never have been born, however Alfie’s response was amazing.

Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, his father Jay remarked: “I didn’t have a clue he was writing the poem. He likes to share his emotions through music and stuff like that, so he went upstairs, wrote it and then showed it to me.”

Read More

Poets Read Poems About Climate Change on a Melting Glacier

By | News, Poetry | No Comments
Climate change is causing Greenland’s glaciers to melt, and the pacific island nations are noticing the increased amount of water caused by erosion of these mighty glaciers. In an effort to try and raise awareness about the colossal threat global warming poses, two poets came together on a melting glacier to recite a poem they’d written together.

The two had never met before when Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner traveled from the Marshall Islands in Micronesia to Greenland’s capital city Nuuk where she met Inuk poet Aka Niviâna. They then met up with a small film crew and journeyed on to an isolated area on southern Greenland’s ice sheet where they recited their poem “Rise” atop a melting glacier.

Read More

The Controversy of Ezra Pound

By | Poetry | No Comments
There’s no denying that Ezra Pound (30th October 1885 – 1st November 1972) was one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. Born in Idaho territory in 1885, Pound was the only child of English expatriate parents, Pound went to a Quaker school and had his first poetry published at 11 years old.

Into adulthood, Pound was credited with being a leading figure in Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese poetry, stressing clarity, precision, and economy of language. He’s also credited with being a major figure in early modernist poetry.
Read More