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Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor among Westgate mall victims

Former diplomat killed and son injured in Nairobi shopping centre attack after travelling to Kenya for literary festivalLatest news from the Kenyan mall siege A renowned Ghanaian poet was among the...

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Kofi Awoonor obituary

Leading Ghanaian poet, novelist and political activist whose work was firmly rooted in the traditions of the Ewe people The African poet and novelist Kofi Awoonor has died aged 78 in the terrorist...

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Poem pulled from Forward prize shortlist after plagiarism row

Poet Matthew Welton discovered CJ Allen's previous work lifted themes and phrases from his own poems Plagiarism is considered the worst of sins among writers, but the latest scandal – in which poet CJ...

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Alice Oswald wins Warwick prize

Judges praise 'imaginative and intellectual ambition' of Memorial, British poet's reworking of Homer's The Iliad Alice Oswald has become the first poet to win the £25,000 Warwick prize for writing. It...

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Lisa Appignanesi's top 10 books about Paris

From Baudelaire to Balzac to Proust, these 10 titles provide an insider's guide to a city of intrigue, romance and squalor By an accident of history, I spent part of my early childhood in Paris and...

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Robert Frost's snowy walk tops Radio 4 count of nation's favourite poems

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening displaces verse by Kipling and Eliot as most-requested on BBC's Poetry Please programme Polls to discover the nation's favourite poem have traditionally crowned...

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Poetry Please: The poetic pulse of a nation

We reveal the 10 most requested poems by listeners to the world's longest-running radio poetry show What is a poem for? Every time we produce an edition of Poetry Please– the longest running (and now...

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Romantic rhymes to Michael Gove – share your sentiments

As Michael Gove tells young people to scrap sexts for love poems, we ask teachers to tweet us their verses for the education secretary • Add your poem to the collection by posting in the comment...

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Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber: celebrity friends for ever

In a Rolling Stone interview, Cyrus reveals that she views herself as Bieber's mentor. Think of her as Ben Kenobi to his Luke Skywalker Wordsworth and Coleridge, Van Gogh and Gauguin, Lewis and...

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Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts – review

Adam Newey admires a spiritual, Forward-shortlisted collection whose assertions of belief are hedged with both certainty and doubt The titles alone in Michael Symmons Roberts's Forward-shortlisted new...

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The Saturday Poem: The Long Evenings of their Leavetakings

by Eavan Boland My mother was married by the water.She wore a grey coat and a winter rose. She said her vows beside a cold seam of the Irish coast. She said her vows near the shore wherethe emigrants...

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Poem of the week: Cartography for Beginners by Emily Hasler

Ambiguity and precision overlap in these very personal instructions for map-making I discovered this week's poem – and poet – in issue 76 of Michael Mackmin's influential Norwich-based poetry journal,...

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Are there more female performance poets or simply more successful ones?

The spike in young female performance poetry champions suggests that visible role models can have real impact Ollie O'Neill, wearing a checked shirt and standing in front of a stark white brick wall,...

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Dylan Thomas prize: a judge's notes

The award is as international as they come, but this year's Nevadan winner has benefited from Dylan Thomas's Welsh legacy in more ways than one The shortlist for this year's Dylan Thomas prize – for...

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Songs of St Kilda

Robin Robertson journeyed to the bleak and unforgiving beauty of St Kilda to write poetry. But, inspired by the archipelago's folklore, and a collaboration with a musician, he instead rendered this...

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Selected Poems by Robert Graves – review

The greatness of Robert Graves, one of the outstanding poetic voices of the 20th century, was forged in the first world war "I write poems for poets, and satires or grotesques for wits. For people in...

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The Saturday Poem: Similes of the Mallorcan Midwife Toad

by Glyn Maxwell Like the Coelacanth and the Rock Rat of LaosAnd the Nightcap Oak and the Mountain Pygmy Possum We are lazarus taxon. We are back who were never gone. We were here and you never knew....

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Poem of the week: Returning, We Hear Larks by Isaac Rosenberg

Soldiers reaching camp after a nighttime mission are surprised by birdsong in this classic poem by the first world war great This week's poem, Returning, We Hear Larks, is one of Isaac Rosenberg's...

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Relive John Donne's 17th-century sermons in virtual reality project

University researchers build acoustic and visual models to recreate poet's 1622 Gunpowder Day sermon Researchers have created an auditory and visual simulation of what it might have been like to stand...

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Roger Waters pens poem for veteran who found father's place of death

Pink Floyd frontman pays tribute to Henry Shindler after he documented final hours of the soldier father he never knew After a career writing songs and film scripts about his father, who went missing...

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