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Young Poets Opportunity - Putting together a pamphlet - in collaboration with Hive South Yorkshire

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Open to writers between the ages of 17 and 24 in South Yorkshire Saturday 3rd February 2018 - 10:30am - 4:30pm At The Poetry Business Offices - Campo House, 54 Campo Lane, S1 2EG Cost: £6 (plus a free poetry pamphlet worth £5) Find details of how to apply here   The Poetry Business is delighted to be working with Hive South Yorkshire to offer young writers between the ages of 17 and 24 the opportunity to attend a day-long writing and editing workshop. This is a perfect opportunity for poets who are considering entering the 2017/18 New Poets Prize to collate and edit their poems in preparation for their submission to the prize.    The workshop will be led by co-director of The Poetry Business - Peter Sansom.    More information about the day and how to apply can be found on the Hive South Yorkshire website. 

Winners of the 2017 Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Publishers'

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We are absolutely delighted to announce that The Poetry Business has won the 2017 Michael Marks Award for Poetry Publishers! You can read the judges' comments on the Wordsworth Trust website by clicking  here. Congratulations to our two New Poets List poets - Theophilus Kwek (for his pamphlet -  The First Five Storms ) and Phoebe Stuckes (for her pamphlet -  Gin & Tonic ) on being shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets.  Congratulations to Charlotte Wetton and Rose Ferraby - winners of the pamphlet award and the Illustrators award respectively.  A huge thank you to The Michael Marks Charitable Trust, The Wordsworth Trust, the Times Literary Supplement and the British Library for their fantastic support of poets, illustrators and publishers. 

The Laureate's Prize - part of our 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition

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  The Laureate's Prize Judged by Carol Ann Duffy   We are delighted to announce the launch of The Laureate's Prize - a new single poem prize that will be run as part of our 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition.  All entrants to the main competition will automatically be entered into this prize, which will celebrate and showcase the best single poems by entrants to The 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition.  The competition judges will shorlitst sixteen poems from all manuscripts entered into the main competition. A first, second and third prize winner will be chosen by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.  Three winners will be awarded prizes of £500 (1st prize), £200 (2nd prize), and £50 (3rd prize) respectively. The winners will also be invited to read a selection of their work alongside the winners of our main International Book & Pamphlet Competition at The Wordsworth Trust.  The three winning poems will be published in the North magazine in 2018.  The 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition will be judged by Liz Berry and David Constantine. Click here to find out more or to submit your entry. Deadline: March 1st 2018.     

We've moved! (but not far!)

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We've officially moved into our new office on Campo Lane , just 5 minutes away from our old office at Bank Street Arts.  Details of our new address can be found below. We're still based in Sheffield City Centre and our Writing Days will still begin at Northchurch House on Queen Street.    The Poetry Business Campo House 54 Campo Lane Sheffield S1 2EG 0114 438 4074

Commemoration Evening for David Kennedy

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Dear All, We are inviting you to a commemoration evening for our colleague and friend, David Kennedy, who died in March. This will be on Thursday 30th November at the University of Hull, in Wilberforce Lecture Theatre 29, from 6.30 to 8.30. Doors will open at 6, and there will be refreshments. David was a poet, writer, editor, academic, researcher and a gifted teacher. He was always interested in ideas and the arts, passionate, enthusiastic, blunt, and had a wide hinterland outside the sometimes narrow confines of academia. His deep interest in art was exemplified in his last poetry collection The Apple and the Mountain (Shearsman, 2015), concentrating on Cezanne. Kelvin Corcoran has said of this work ‘it is simply about seeing… To look at the paintings and read these poems simultaneously is a deep and rare pleasure.’ He was also a great ‘behind the scenes person’, with a sharp eye for detail, putting much effort into the practical work needed for creative work to come to fruition. He ensured that people made their deadlines, that information for students was written clearly, that teaching materials were kept up to date and accessible, and that colleagues were empowered and supported to deliver the best service possible. David also gave help and advice (sometimes unwelcome, and very forthright, and often unacknowledged) to struggling writers and poets. He was loyal, and didn’t forget people. He had a strong moral core, which translated into practical organisational help. Because David had worked in industry for many years before becoming an academic, he appreciated the freedom and variety of his work, and relished the chance to present complex ideas to students, to whom he was passionately committed. Many students have mourned the loss of David, and a wide cross-section of people has been touched by his death. We want to reflect that richness in this tribute to him. We recognise that this will inevitably be a sad occasion, but we hope it will also be joyous. David’s incisive and analytical mind applied itself to working on commemoration in his later years. His involvement in the Crossing Over network recognised the importance of ‘End of Life’ planning, and the need for talking about death. He attended Crossing Over conferences, was involved in Death Cafes, and worked closely with archaeologists on delivering creative writing workshops in a hospice. David set great store by our need to remember, and we know that there are many people who wish to have some way of remembering him. You are most welcome to attend but you do need to register – you can book online here. As part of the commemoration, we are inviting 10 people to speak for 5 minutes each about David and/or his work. If you wish to participate, could you please contact both ray.french@hull.ac.uk/k.mckay@hull.ac.uk by October 27th. We will get back to you soon after that to confirm speakers, and a running order. We hope you can attend this event. Please RSVP, and do pass on the details to anyone who may be interested. Yours sincerely, Kath Mckay/ Ray French. Co-editors End Notes End Notes is a collection of 10 interlinked stories about loss, mourning and commemoration. This eBook is free, as it's funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, which is committed to free and open access for its projects. End Notes is part of a wider Crossing Over project. David was the original Principal Investigator for the wider project, and obtained the AHRC grant. Free download available from: https://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Notes-stories-mourning-commemoration-ebook/dp/B071DYJGCL/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494155473&sr=8-1&keywords=end+notes+ray+french https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/end-notes

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