Birmingham to Launch Inaugural Poetry Festival

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This week it was announced by Waterstones booksellers in Birmingham that they are to host a poetry and spoken word festival next month, the first of its kind for the city.

The event will be called the Verve and will run between 16th and 19th February featuring poets, spoken word masterclasses, poetry slams, children’s poetry and storytelling events with tickets now available as festival passes or individual event tickets. Read More


Literary Advent Calendar: The Three Kings

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As we continue our literary advent calendar we have a piece of poetry today, evoking the Christmas story and the journey of The Three Kings from the wonderful Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Each day we’re bringing you an excerpt or poem from literature that evokes how we feel about Christmas, to get us all in the mood for the festive season and I think this really does it!

A beautiful poem, we’re sure you’ll agree and just the ticket to making us all feel a little festive.

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Dylan Thomas Reading List – Books by and about the Poet

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Dylan Marlais Thomas (October 27th 1914 – 9th November 1953 was a Welsh poet and writer born in Swansea, Wales. A fairly undistinguished pupil, Thomas left school at 16 to become a journalist. Though he was publishing poetry from a teenager, he finally got his ‘break’ in 1934 with the publication of “Light breaks where no sun shines”. Read More


10 Poetic Lines from John Keats

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John Keats (31st October 1795 – February 23rd 1821)

John Keats is one of the best known English romantic poets of all time. Born on 31st October 1795 his work is still loved, read and studied today, but you may be surprised to know that he wasn’t published until four years before his death, and he published just 54 poems and a few magazines in his lifetime. Read More


Melodic Quotes from Dylan Thomas

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Poet Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea on the 27th October 1914 in Swansea Wales. Apparently an unremarkable child Thomas would leave school at the age of 16 and become a journalist while writing and collecting almost 200 poems which he kept in four notebooks. Success came early for Thomas and at the age of just twenty a poem called “Light breaks where no sun shines” caught the eye of several important literary figures after being published in The Listener in 1934 and it wouldn’t be long before Thomas became a much loved and well known poet. Read More