Poetry: Dante Alighieri

Poetry: Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is the subject of this month’s poetry page and Circle 2 Canto V of Inferno, the first part of his greatest work The Divine Comedy. Here Dante explores the fine line that exists between love and the power of attraction and disastrous lustful desire. It is in...

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Spine Festival 2017: London’s family arts and culture festival

Spine Festival 2017: London’s family arts and culture festival

Spine Festival returns to London in March offering free activities to encourage young people and children to take part in arts workshops, shows and performances at many of London’s libraries. All activities are free including workshops and events, providing families with “interesting things to do together” as a chance to explore their...

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KCW Today Poetry: January

KCW Today Poetry: January

As 2016 draws to a close and we look forward to the coming year The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy (1840- 1928) seemed a fitting choice for this month’s poetry page. The poem was written in 1899 but not published until 29th December 1900. We begin with Hardy leaning on a...

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The Poetry School Books of the Year Announced 

The Poetry School Books of the Year Announced 

The Poetry School staff have chosen their 26 books of the Year, including nine pamphlets, and two collaborations (Matthew and Michael Dickman’s Brother, and Karen McCarthy-Woolf and Sophie Herxheimer’s Voyage). Picador and the Poetry Business lead the way with four books chosen from each publisher, with Carcanet not far behind on three choices. Independent punlishers Peepal...

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Property supply falls

Property supply falls

81% of towns and cities saw a drop in property supply in October, with the number of new listings down 6.9% on average across the UK Biggest faller: New property listings fell 52% in Swansea Biggest riser: Property supply in Crawley jumped 30.9% Property supply in London stagnated, falling 1.5%...

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Poetry Today – Autumn

Poetry Today – Autumn

AUTUMN HAS ARRIVED and therefore we set the tone for this month’s poetry page with Keats’s ode To Autumn. This is one of the most widely anthologised poems in the English language. Seamus Heaney during his Nobel Peace Prize winning speech, summed up why this might be the case, claiming...

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The Hampshire School poet-in-residence recites for the Battlefield Trust

The Hampshire School poet-in-residence recites for the Battlefield Trust

On the 30th of September, The Hampshire School’s poet-in-residence, Clare Mulley presented her debut book Thorn Kings: Poems from English Battlefields in the school’s cherished library. Mulley recited a selection of her powerful, war poems accompanied by a live harp performance to raise money for the Battlefields Trust. The charity...

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The Lock and the Key

The Lock and the Key

The Lock and the Key by Scarlett Sabet Zoreh Publishing Limited 2016 £9.99 (Paperback) 71pp. ISBN 978-0-9954719-1-7   When training to be an actress as teenager Scarlett Sabet began scribbling down notes and ideas in her moleskin. Little did she realise that these scribblings would alter her career path and...

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John Armstrong – Poems of Mayo

A Review of Word from the Mountain: Poems of Mayo by John Armstrong (2016) Word from the Mountain: Poems of Mayo is a new collection of poetry by John Armstrong that takes the spoken word to new performance heights. Armstrong’s conception of Western Ireland offers a moving and distinctive portrayal...

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Shakespeare and Sonnets

SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 1592, the Oxbridge educated Pamphleteer, Robert Greene, wrote in the Groatsworth of Wit “Yes, trust them not, for there is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that, with his Tygers heart wrapt in a Players hide, supposes he is as well able to bumbast...

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