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It Is Easy to Be Dead five-star review – requiem for a forgotten war poet

Finborough, LondonNeil McPherson pays tribute to Charles Hamilton Sorley in a beautifully orchestrated production with songs by Schubert and George Butterworth Robert Graves considered Charles Hamilton...

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The brilliance of writing poetry on napkins

Brazilian poet Pedro Gabriel started writing poems on napkins when he ran out of paper - now, two books and millions of online followers later, his breathtaking designs are set for international...

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Poets' tour hits Bath: strawberry moon in a honey-dipped city

The Shore to Shore diary makes a second stop, where we are treated to warm enthusiasm and opinionated bookselling – and find more reasons to write Day two of the Shore to Shore tour: summer solstice,...

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Translation Tuesday: Next, a poem by Jing Xianghai

Still largely unknown to western readers, Jing Xianghai is the best-selling Taiwanese poet of his generation, combining comedy with heroic pathos By Jing Xianghai and Lee Yew Leong for Translation...

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Mike Hart obituary

Singer-songwriter who sang with the Roadrunners and was a member of the Liverpool SceneThe singer-songwriter Mike Hart, who has died aged 72, sang with the Liverpool band the Roadrunners, and was a...

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The world’s first door-to-door poet: 'I thought people would tell me to piss...

At this year’s singularly muddy Glastonbury, Rowan McCabe explained why he was delivering bespoke poetry to bedraggled campers On a damp Saturday afternoon in late June, a man wearing wellies and a...

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Poets' tour: Je suis haggis, we're all Scottish now

As our Shore to Shore adventure reaches Scotland, the authors’ spirits rise Monday 4 July, Jackie Kay: Boris Johnson has resigned and we are off to Scotland: things can surely only get better. The love...

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Poets' tour: reaching the 'unsure shore'

Our progress across Britain, watching unhappily as the country changed and sharing the consolations of poetry, has reached its final stop. Home will be different when we get there An hour before we...

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Lord Evans of Temple Guiting obituary

Publisher who turned Faber & Faber into a champion of the best contemporary writing Matthew Evans, who has died aged 74 from leukaemia, was a great publisher who also happened to play a decisive...

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Michel Faber: 'I would have been a different writer without my wife'

Since his wife Eva died in 2014, Michel Faber has emerged a changed writer. The author of Under the Skin shares how he charted his grief through poetry and why he carries Eva’s shoes with him At...

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Letter: Sir Geoffrey Hill obituary

While I have always struggled to appreciate the poetry of Sir Geoffrey Hill, I remember him well as a lecturer at Leeds University. A reading of some of his poems to a smallish group of students one...

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Edward Lear's Nonsense Songs and Stories - archive, 9 July 1888

9 July 1888: The gift of writing precious nonsense as that which came from the pen of the late Edward Lear is denied to most authors Nonsense Songs and Stories. By EDWARD LEAR.London and New York:...

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Rowan Williams remembers Geoffrey Hill

At a time when the UK has experienced one of its most shameful periods of dishonest collusiveness, Hill’s loss should be felt all the more acutely The Saturday poem: verses from Oraclau/Oracles...

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There is more to war poetry than mud, wire and slaughter

Poems about the first world war have defined the genre for decades. It is time to hear from new voices that reflect a wider view of conflicts When we say “war poetry” today, the sort of writing that...

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The Saturday poem: verses from Oraclau/Oracles by Geoffrey Hill

Remembering the poet, who died aged 84 last week Whether to blaze out – trumpets to Eryri – Or to go down with final rampage – Why not (b)? This is the Ramp Age Yet all too often damp-fiery. Think,...

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Best holiday reads 2016

From gripping fiction to history, brilliant poetry to biography, our guest contributors offer their recommendations for the beach and elsewhere The Guardian’s summer books special: Julian Barnes, Sarah...

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Poem of the week: The Days That Forced Our Lives Apart by Jill Furse

Although very short, this is both a vivid account of wartime separation and the most perfect of love poems The Days That Forced Our Lives Apart The days that forced our lives apartAre shut up like a...

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Paco Peña review – music and dance blend poetically for Lorca

Sadler’s Wells, LondonPatrias, the flamenco guitarist’s tribute to the Spanish writer, features superb dance solos but the multimedia projections intrude on the spectacle Federico García Lorca is known...

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Michael Rosen and Sarah Crossan share children's poetry prize

CLiPPA children’s poetry award for 2016 honours Rosen’s collection for youngsters, A Great Big Cuddle, and Crossan’s much-praised verse novel One Michael Rosen and Sarah Crossan are the joint winners...

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The Very Quiet Foreign Girls poetry group | Kate Clanchy

When Kate Clanchy began teaching the children of refugees, she sought out those silenced by trauma and loss. Their weekly sessions released a torrent of untold stories It all came from Priya’s poem,...

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