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Guardian Books poetry podcast: David Harsent reads Yannis Ritsos

David Harsent reads three short poems by the Greek poet Yannis Ritsos, in his own translations David Harsent Tim Maby

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Manchester International Festival: Shelley, Macbeth and Massive Attack

Biennial festival's premieres include Maxine Peake reciting The Masque of Anarchy and Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare role Reading this on mobile? Click here to view the video A string of world...

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Guardian Books poetry podcast: Jackie Kay reads Edwin Morgan

Jackie Kay rounds off our series of poets choosing their favourite poems with verses from Edwin Morgan's Love and a Life Jackie Kay Tim Maby

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Hill of Doors by Robin Robertson – review

A collection full of flinty beauty uses Christian and classical fable to explore the divided nature of humans Robin Robertson has taken the epigram for his fifth collection from the French...

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Manchester International Festival: Maxine Peake, Adam Curtis and Inne Goris...

Actor Maxine Peake, film-maker Adam Curtis and artist Inne Goris speak about their roles in Manchester International Festival 2013

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From the archive, 2 March 1949: Follow that poet

We English, when it comes to literature, have always been more interested in Lives than in Works We English, when it comes to literature, have always been more interested in Lives than in Works....

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My Brother's Book by Maurice Sendak – review

Maurice Sendak's last book is a beautiful but devastating tribute to his brother Over a career spanning seven decades, Maurice Sendak illustrated more than 90 books, but when he died last May at the...

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Poem of the week: The snow whirls over the courtyard's roses by Tua Forsström

Poetry through cinema is expressed in Forsström's intensely visual work, inspired by film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky This week's poem, "The snow whirls over the courtyard's roses," is by the...

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Adelaide Writers' Week - in pictures

International authors from Thomas Keneally to Madeleine Thien and Tom Holland have been speaking and debating at Adelaide's Writers' Week, where they were photographed by Alicia Canter Thomas Keneally...

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The poems and punch-ups of By Grand Central Station

The destructive love affair captured in the cult novel By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept always puzzled Laura Barton. She reveals how she finally unravelled the mystery It was in a bookshop...

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Poster poems: Chocolate | Billy Mills

Rich, but not in this instance unhealthy, this month I want to binge on your sweetest poetic treats What with Easter falling in March this year there's only one kind of egg I have in mind for this...

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Guardian Books podcast: Australian writing at the Adelaide festival

This time, we're looking at the world from an Australian perspective. Publisher Michael Heyward introduces us to an ambitious project to republish all of Australia's lost classics, while critic Geordie...

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International Women's Day: books quiz

As the long struggle for equal rights is marked, test your knowledge of the writers who've broken through the glass ceiling

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Lucretius, part 8: teachers and pupils | Emma Woolerton

Lucretius's didactic poetry addresses a single person but cajoles his readers to heed his lesson, as he learned from Epicurus Lucretius's poetry is didactic, that is, poetry that aims overtly to teach...

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Mont Blanc by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The snowy peak and riven Alpine landscape turn the Romantic poet to thoughts of meaning, perception and eternity Shelley was just short of his 25th birthday when he began drafting "Mont Blanc" in July...

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Selected Poems by Tony Harrison – review

Three decades on, Tony Harrison's angry but exquisite poetry still has the power to chill Had you been listening to Radio 4 one evening a few weeks ago, you would have been transported back to the...

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Country diary: Wenlock Edge: A cynical act guided by the nihilism at the...

Wenlock Edge: For reasons only known to the farmer, this field of old pasture was poisoned with herbicide. Now, after days without rain, the field was being ploughed The sound that filled the space...

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Quick Question by John Ashbery – review

An entertaining and supple collection of comic poems about urban New York scenes With its exhilarating changes in register, its elusive journeys, ambitious vocabulary and, more than anything else, its...

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From the Observer archive, 14 March 1971: the genius of Stevie Smith

A tribute to the poet Stevie Smith, whose childlike vision made her both lovable and formidable It would have been pleasant to begin this tribute with some description of Stevie for the benefit of...

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Guardian Books podcast: Irish writers for St Patrick's Day

To mark St Patrick's Day on the Guardian Books podcast, we've put together readings from a selection of great Irish writers. WB Yeats begins with a reading of his poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree",...

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