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Rhyme and reason: Seamus Heaney HomePlace pays lyrical tribute to the poet

A new arts hub in Bellaghy, mid-Ulster, celebrates the life and legacy of the Nobel prize-winning poet, while its rural surroundings offer glimpses of the landscape that inspired him There are two pubs...

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From Schubert to Sinatra: why the song cycle speaks to the heart

A new English version of Die Schöne Müllerin offers a reminder as to why it’s Sinatra – not his classical contemporaries – that matches Schubert in ambition It’s an everyday story of country folk....

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The Saturday poem: Moments of the mind

by William Letford Three men sit at the kitchen table. My grandfathersmokes Golden Virginia. Making a roll-uphas become his ritual. His fingers help him think.So that’s what he does. He teases tobacco...

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Aberfan 50 years on: how best to remember the tragedy?

In 1966 a coal slag heap collapsed on a school in south Wales, killing 144 people, most of them children. Poet Owen Sheers went back to the pit village and, using the people’s own memories, created a...

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The Green Hollow by Owen Sheers – extract

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Aberfan disaster, the Welsh poet and playwright has written a ‘film poem’ based on the voices and memories of those involved. The following passages are...

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Poem of the week: After the Dragonflies by WS Merwin

A luminous depiction of these beautiful creatures conceals a stark warning of environmental catastrophe After the Dragonflies Dragonflies were as common as sunlighthovering in their own daysbackward...

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Melissa Lee-Houghton: 'Articulating your experience is remarkably...

To mark World Mental Health Day, the Forward prize-shortlisted poet talks about how writing has figured throughout her psychiatric recovery During my first prolonged hospital admission, at the age of...

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Odes by Sharon Olds review – in praise of tampons and other taboos

A new collection from the TS Eliot prizewinner finds beauty in the outrages visited on ageing bodiesSharon Olds’s inspired new collection alerts us to taboos we barely think about ordinarily. The book...

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Unseen documents revealed on new website dedicated to TS Eliot

A digital trove of letters, essays and photographs disclose the Nobel laureate’s views on detective fiction, poetry publishing – and his ‘dread’ of the US A timely essay by TS Eliot, in which he warns...

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TinyLetter: the mini saviour of modern poetry?

TinyLetters are a simple but radical new email marketing tool that could save poetry and short fiction from obscurity by winning authors a bigger audience The idea of the TinyLetter is largely...

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'Dylan towers over everyone' – Salman Rushdie, Kate Tempest and more pay...

Salman Rushdie, Cerys Matthew, Jarvis Cocker, Andrew Motion, Billy Bragg and other artists and writers pick their favourite moments from Dylan’s body of work Richard Williams: Why Bob Dylan deserves...

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Sjón: why Olso’s Future Library is a fairytale come true

The Icelandic poet follows Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell as the latest contributor to the Future Library anthology. He describes the magic behind the project My favourite Icelandic folk story has...

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Poster poems: bus journeys

A communal space offering an ever-changing view of life passing by, buses have opened windows on to the world for many poets. Share your bus verses here I’ve been reading Peter Riley’s recent pamphlet...

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Peace Talks by Andrew Motion review – from Craiglockhart to modern day warfare

The former poet laureate harnesses language’s transformative capacities to communicate the pain and grief of conflict Peace Talks is the first book of poems from the former poet laureate since he left...

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Slakki: New & Neglected Poems by Roy Fisher review – a collection with...

From Birmingham’s city blocks to memories of war to restless skies – the quality is consistently high in this collection of work from the past 65 years In 1951, citizens still chafing at postwar...

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Why I took the slow train to become a fan of Bob Dylan

How 1984 marked the start of my career as a poet and my admiration for the Nobel prize-winning songwriter Letters: Bob Dylan’s a poet – and now we know As a poet, I’m supposed to be attracted to Bob...

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Carol Ann Duffy: my pick of British and Irish poetry

A new anthology celebrates the music, accents and independence of poets since the earliest times On a seventh-century night in Northumbria, the Venerable Bede tells us, a lay brother and cattle herder...

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Prime Minister’s Literary awards 2016: novel with print run of 350 makes...

David Ireland’s The World Repair Video Game shortlisted in fiction category alongside Steve Toltz and Charlotte Wood A novel with a print run of only 350 copies is among the works shortlisted for the...

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Poem of the week: Medley for Morin Khur by Paul Muldoon

Beneath its bright, musical texture, this meditation on an obscure musical instrument carries some very dark reflections Medley for Morin Khur IThe sound box is made of a horse’s head.The resonator is...

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Stephen Lawrence poem by Benjamin Zephaniah donated to British Library

Manuscript of What Stephen Lawrence Has Taught Us, which was written to help drive search for the teenager’s racist killers, will be displayed in the library’s galleries Benjamin Zephaniah has donated...

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