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Jonathan Davidson – new poetry book

Having pre-arranged a place and time with him, Jonathan Davidson surreptitiously passes me a copy of his new book. I imagined its brown paper wrapper, it turns out. Money exchanges hands I scarper before he changes his mind … I don’t know if you have read Jonathan’s Smith/ Doorstop 2011 collection EARLY TRAIN ? It is […]

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Read John Siddique !

I’m probably the last to arrive at the John Siddique party…. He is described by The Spectator Magazine as “A Stellar Poet”. The Times of India describes him as “Rebellious by nature, pure at heart.” Jackie Kay describes his writing as “A brilliant, balancing act”. He has numerous awards, honours and fellowships. … thanks to Emma […]

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Revisiting Jonathan Edwards’ poetry

Jonathan Edwards’ first collection of poetry – “My Family and Other Superheroes” – published by Seren – has won the Costa Prize for Poetry. And I am so excited – for the poems, the poet, and for all the people who will now read these poems, who may not even have come across the book […]

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WHAT POETRY/POET AND/OR COLLECTION IS YOUR INSPIRATION?

This was a question I was recently asked to answer – on behalf of Wenlock Poetry Festival and their search for the second ever Shropshire Young Poet Laureate. It was one of several questions. The answers that I and other poetry lovers gave can be found on http://www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org/laureate/ Unfortunately I got somewhat carried away –  there wasn’t […]

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