Category Archives: poetry

Bringing a major Irish poet back home

As my co-editor Dr. Siobhán Campbell, one of the Module Team developing curriculum for the new MA in Creative Writing, writes in the introduction to Eavan Boland: Inside History, a new book of essays and poems on the work of … Continue reading

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A new poetry collection from Joanna Ezekiel

Joanna’s latest poetry collection is Homecoming, published by Scarborough publisher, Valley Press, winner of a recent Arts Council grant. The editors say: ‘By necessity, to come home is to look with fresh eyes at what is familiar. Joanna Ezekiel’s exquisite second … Continue reading

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Success in the Summer

Anne Caldwell was long- listed for the National Poetry Competition this summer. She teaches on A215 and also works as a creative writing lecturer at the University of Bolton. ‘I was delighted to receive this news, as I have entered … Continue reading

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Morgaine Merch Lleuad’s entry is shortlisted for the Frogmore Prize

We’re pleased to announce that Morgaine’s entry for the 2015 Frogmore Poetry Prize made it onto the final shortlist of ten.  This year’s entries were adjudicated by John McCulloch. http://frogmore-jp.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/sarah-barr-wins-frogmore-prize-2015.html

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A new poetry collection from Mike Johnson

How my poetry collection See What I Mean? got published – Mike Johnson Rather more than three years ago, I entered a poetry competition, focused on humorous poems for adults, run by Thynks Publications.  To my delight, I won the … Continue reading

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A new poetry collection from Michael Thomas

Come To Pass – some reflections on group work This collection, recently published by Oversteps Books, is the second in which I have arranged poems by sub-groups. In earlier collections, I think I must have had some sense of variation in subject … Continue reading

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The Status of the Cat – Sean Elliot’s recently published poetry collection

In May 2013 I found myself coping with depression. Through the fog I reasoned that if I felt this bad, it would be difficult to feel any worse so why not take a risk? I had repeatedly tried to have … Continue reading

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Uncovering a hidden history – Nessa O’Mahony’s new poetry collection

For much of my life, I had absolutely no idea that my grandfather, Michael McCann, had fought in the First World War. I grew up with the image of him as the archetypal Irish nationalist hero of the first decades … Continue reading

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Ink Pantry interview with Mike Johnson on visual poetry

An interview with Mike Johnson, on the subject of visual poetry, was published in the Ink Pantry blog on 14 June 2014.  Ink Pantry Publishing was founded by a group of former students ‘whose paths crossed while studying Creative Writing … Continue reading

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Heavenly Bodies – a constellation of poetry

During the first three weeks of 2014, eighty eight poets around the world started writing a poem – some were veterans with several collections to their name, some only at the start of their careers, some were writing with English … Continue reading

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