Roger McGough

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Our song was Christmas No 1 and we wanted to watch it on TV. So we knocked on a stranger’s door
It was Christmas Eve 1968 and Lily the Pink by the Scaffold was top of the charts. We were a long way from home - and desperate to see our performance

Roger McGough

24, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Carol Ann Duffy leads British poets creating 'living record' of coronavirus
Major names including Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay and father-and-son poets Ian and Andrew McMillan to document outbreak in verse

Alison Flood

20, Apr, 2020 @5:01 AM

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'Everyone is pulling together': poems by NHS workers to raise money for Covid-19 appeal
Anthology These Are the Hands collects poems from across the health service, from doctors to cleaners

Alison Flood

27, Mar, 2020 @12:18 PM

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Top 10 cats in literature
From riddlers to reincarnated geniuses and fine artists, author Lynne Truss selects fictional felines who show why it’s worth risking one’s reputation to write about them

Lynne Truss

07, Dec, 2016 @12:55 PM

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Beyond Bob Dylan: authors, poets and musicians pick their favourite songwriter
Dylan’s Nobel prize win sparked a debate about lyrics as literature. Here, Andrew Motion, Carol Ann Duffy, Johnny Marr, Naomi Alderman and others nominate songwriters whose verse has the power of poetry

Andrew Motion, Carol Ann Duffy, Emmy the Great, Polly Samson, Naomi Alderman and others

05, Nov, 2016 @8:00 AM

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Penguin Modern Poets series gets 21st-century relaunch
Iconic brand, which brought together groups of writers – including the bestselling Mersey poets – will release contemporary collections showcasing ‘a new golden age’

Alison Flood

13, Jun, 2016 @1:51 PM

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Win a set of Puffin Poetry books
Puffin Poetry are re-launching some of their classic collections – by poets such as Michael Rosen, Benjamin Zephaniah and Spike Milligan – as well as some brand new poems by Roger McGough. For your chance to win a full set of six books, enter here

09, Oct, 2015 @2:21 PM

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Sample delights from the CLPE poetry award 2015 shortlist
Looking for great children’s poetry? Check out the brilliant collections that have been shortlisted for this year’s Centre for Literacy in Primary Education prize and sample some of the poems – plus find out how to get involved in the poetry award shadowing scheme

Natalie Tipping

28, Apr, 2015 @7:00 AM

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A timeless voice against prejudice: your videos reading Anne Frank
Readers around the world have been recording one-minute readings of Anne Frank’s diary as part of the #NotSilent campaign – here are some of them

Marta Bausells

14, Apr, 2015 @3:49 PM

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Grocery rhymes: how poetry has flourished in supermarket aisles
After a couple of students used a sonnet to take a swipe at Tesco, Kathryn Bromwich looks back at the often strained relationship between poets and superstores

Kathryn Bromwich

30, Nov, 2014 @12:05 AM

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Tony Mitton wins CLPE poetry award

Tony Mitton fights off competition from a starry shortlist to win UK's only prize for published children's poetry

Gwendolyne Smith

17, Jul, 2014 @7:15 PM

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Waitrose teams up with McGough in the hope verses will open purses

Poet hopes displaying work throughout branches of the retailer will show poetry 'can be at home on the supermarket shelf'

Rebecca Smithers, consumer affairs correspondent

07, May, 2014 @11:01 PM

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