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Do Or Die: Cavalry Charge

Do or die: poetry in politics

Politics has little to do with poetry, you might think. But for weeks Boris Johnson has been repeating his intention to take Britain out of the EU by October 31st “do or die”. The quote comes from Robert Burns' patriotic…

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John Challis, Poet And Author Of The Black Cab - Photo By Richard Kenworthy

The Black Cab: Views from the back seat

INTERVIEW FEATURE:  Poet John Challis talks to me about his pamphlet The Black Cab — plus work, fatherhood and the flickering shadows of film noir… You’ll find John Challis — the poet, not the character actor — busy behind the scenes…

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Free Poetry Pack

Free poetry pack available to download now

Forget chocolate! Get creative this Easter with my free poetry pack. It's been a few months in the making and I'm excited to launch this colourful and creative poetry pack just in time for the holidays. So grab a bit…

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© Kate Heiss — Title Piece For 'After' From Limehaven: Poems For My Grandparents

Book illustration: Q&A with Kate Heiss

British printmaker and illustrator Kate Heiss talks about her creative process and reveals how she approaches book illustration What inspires you? Nature: the flowers and birds in my garden and walks in the countryside. If I’m on a walk and…

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Tidings: A Christmas Journey By Ruth Padel

Tidings: A Christmas Journey by Ruth Padel

Do you love a well-told Yuletide tale? I must admit I do. One of my favourite festive books last year was Tidings: A Christmas Journey by Ruth Padel (Chatto and Windus, 2016). This moving narrative poem has all the hallmarks…

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Spring picks from World Poetry Day

Last week, World Poetry Day heralded the beginning of spring here in the Northern hemisphere. People shared lines from their favourite poems and journalists penned poetry-related pieces. Here are five weird and wonderful World Poetry Day picks from around the…

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Recording an audiobook: lessons from the studio

Recording an audiobook version of my poetry collection Limehaven would be fun, I decided. After all, poetry is music. And rhythm and rhyme must be spoken before it can be heard. There’s real joy in reading aloud. All those deliciously…

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