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Guardian first book award 2013: finding the 10th title

Our search for the 10th title for the award longlist threw up nominations of all stripes. But poetry has triumphed In defiance of some tricky technological issues – for which please accept additional...

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Readers choose Guardian first book award's 10th finalist

The Shipwrecked House by Claire Trévien marks the second year running that a poetry collection is the public's nomination A "playful and surreal" collection of poems has won a place on the Guardian...

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George the Poet: 'Go Home' - video

Performance artist George the Poet takes on the government's mobile ad campaign against illegal immigrants Phil Maynard George Mpanga

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May Sinclair: the readable modernist

While the 'Men of 1914' take all the attention, this approachable innovator has been outrageously neglected The "Men of 1914" – writers such as James Joyce, Ezra Pound, TS Eliot and DH Lawrence – are...

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What I'm looking out for at Camp Bestival

From John Cooper Clarke to Janine Butcher, Richard Hawley to Mr Tumble, here are this year's most anticipated moments Camp Bestival is the impish younger brother of the ever-expanding Bestival...

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Translation of Giacomo Leopardi's Zibaldone published

Italians consider him one of their greatest minds, but 19th-century poet and philosopher remains somewhat unknown Schopenhauer referred to him as his "spiritual brother"; Italians consider him one of...

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The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry edited by Ian Hamilton and Jeremy...

Adam Newey is baffled and buoyed by the updated version of the poet's Who's Who She's a fickle creature, literary fame. While your Eliots and Audens can rest easy in the knowledge that their celebrity...

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The Saturday poem: Communion

by Claire Trévien The weather's gained weight,sags its pebbled belly against the tipsof the city's horns. I've slumped, waiting for it to decide,grotesque piñata, whether to burst or rapture itself...

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Poem of the week: Girl and Grandmother at the National Gallery by Meg Bateman

Published here with its Gaelic version, 'Nighean is Seanmhair aig a' Ghailearaidh Nàiseanta', this is a sharp look at youth and age The Edinburgh-born poet Meg Bateman is acclaimed for her work in...

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Can you improve on F Scott Fitzgerald's improving reading list?

Fitzgerald thought he'd prescribed 22 essential books to his nurse. But your second opinions are encouraged It was 1936, one of the most difficult periods in F Scott Fitzgerald's life: he had just...

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Nigel Williams's top 10 books about suburbia

From John Betjeman to Zadie Smith, the creator of The Wimbledon Poisoner picks the best depictions of characters on the outskirts of life My new novel is set in suburbia but it is not – exactly -...

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Poster poems: Found poetry

Cut-up or collage, the challenge this month is to concoct something new from other people's words One night sometime in the early 1930s a New Jersey doctor left a note for his wife on the door of...

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The Water Stealer by Maurice Riordan – review

The Irish poet comes into his own with this charming collection Looking for a single image to epitomise post-independence Ireland in his study, Synge and Anglo-Irish Literature, Daniel Corkery settled...

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In search of Shakespeare's dark lady

Without a true story of adultery and retribution, Shakespeare's intimate, sexually charged sonnets might never have been published. Saul Frampton reveals the part played by the playwright's arch rival...

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The Saturday Poem: Her Birth

by Rebecca Goss Her BirthOn the wall, petunias, painted in Walberswick.I call to you, sayThat's a good omen,that's a good sign,before buckling,gripping the hospital bed. Walberswick is whereI...

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Rewind radio: TS Eliot's India; Twenty Minutes – The Planets; In Search of...

The roots of TS Eliot's quintessentially English masterpiece, The Waste Land, lie far from home – in India TS Eliot's India: Many Gods, Many Voices Radio 4 | iPlayer Twenty Minutes: The Planets Radio...

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Fidelio – Edinburgh festival 2013 review

Festival Theatre Jonathan Mills, director of the international festival, has a taste, it would seem, for perversity and outrage when it comes to opera production. During his tenure we have seen the...

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Poem of the week: Lock Me Away by Clive James

An unsettling meditation on the mental disarrangements of encroaching senility manages a rare balancing of poetry and comedy As a poet, Clive James shares some qualities with the English "Movement"...

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Patti Smith to pay tribute to poems of Robert Louis Stevenson on stage

Legendary punk singer will read odes that 'spoke to her' as a child, as well as performing Allen Ginsberg's work at Edinburgh She was the dark queen of New York's punk performance scene who lived with...

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Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert by John Drury – review

Giving equal weight to the man and his work, this is the perfect introduction to a parson-poet who has fallen out of fashion Biography is one of the most marketable genres of our age, and literary...

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