Poetry in the News 2010 (September to December)

December news

28 Stations and poets (Guardian)

28 Colin Firth guest edits BBC Radio 4's 'Today'. He's invited the Poetry Society to end the programme (BBC)

24 Gillian Clarke wins Queen's Gold Medal for poetry (Guardian)

21 Booktrust's schemes to give free books to children in crisis after subsidy axed (Guardian)

18 Carol Ann Duffy introduces new carols for Christmas (Guardian)

15 What's poetry's role in protest politics? (Guardian)

13 Nobel Prize winner's poetry on Tiananmen massacre Square (Guardian)

11 The year in poetry (Guardian)

9 Ruth Padel on Costa judging panel (Bookseller)

9 Poetry wall to inspire Olympians (BBC)

7 M&S says it in verse (Guardian)

7 £250k boost for Scottish arts (Press Association)

6 Tributes to Ben Kinsella show the benefit of poetry (Andrew Motion, Standard)

6 Poor teachers make poetry a bore (Andrew Motion, Independent)

5 Unpublished Larkin poem found (BBC)

4 David Constantine: My hero, Edward Thomas (Guardian)

4 Fernando Pessoa and the multiple faces we show on the net (Guardian)

2 Larkin statue unveiled in Hull (BBC)

2 Librarian wins £10k mixing poetry and football (Manchester Evening News)

1 US poet wins £30k Dylan Thomas prize (BBC)

November news

30 Warwick Prize longlist (Bookseller)

30 PS member Julian Stannard wins Troubadour Prize. 2nd: PS member (and former NPC runner-up) Clive McWilliam. 3rd: Claire Gheerardyn (Coffee-House Poetry)

29 Bella Akhmadulina, Major Russian Poet, Dies at 73 (NY Times)

29 Poets pitch in with disaster relief in Wordsworth country (Guardian)

29 Ledbury denies rumours of closure (Worcester News)

28 Germaine Greer tribute to Simon Powell of Poetry Live! (Guardian)

28 Poetry lives but dissent is dead (Herald Scotland)

27 Alan Hollinghurst on Mick Imlah (Guardian)

26 Dylan Thomas shortlist (booktrade)

25 Poetry as protest (Guardian)

25 Picador poetry prize shortlist  - includes PS members Alan Buckley, Mir Mahfuz Ali, Gill Andrews & Beatrice Garland (Guardian)

24 Siân Hughes on the Laureate & the Royals (Guardian)

22 Poetry books of the year (Telegraph)

22 Duffy not NOT going to write a Royal Wedding poem (Mirror)

20 Les Murray - a life in writing (Guardian)

20 My Hero - Michael Donaghy (Guardian)

19 Simon Armitage receives CBE (BBC)

18 Forward Press closes (Peterbrough Today)

18 Terrance Hayes wins N.B.A. Poetry Award (NYT)

17 London's literati inc Duffy, Motion, Geoffrey Hill (Standard)

16 Shapcott, Willetts, Robin Robertson and Roy Fisher on Costa Poetry shortlist (Guardian)

11 The relevance of poetry (Independent)

11 Prince Charles offers support Michael Baron's Cockermouth poetry trail (Times & Star)

11 Holly McNish on the virtues of the Poetry Cafe (BBC)

10 PS member Nancy Campbell 2nd in Norman MacCaig Comp. PS members Jane Aldous & Stephanie Green commended (topleftcorner)

10 Ian McMillan's choices on Desert Island Discs (BBC)

9 Somerset council decide today if making 100% arts cut (Guardian)

9 Top poets to write for Hogmanay celebrations (Guardian)

9 John Stallworthy wins Wilfred Owen Prize (Bookseller)

8 Does poetry need paper? (Independent Collegian)

8 Rachael McGalddery wins John Lennon Poetry Comp judged by Carol Ann Duffy (Liverpool Daily Post)

6 Adrian Paunescu, Romanian poet, dies (New York Times)

5 Christian Campbell wins Aldeburgh Poetry Prize (Guardian)

4 Arts Council scrap Regularly Funded Organisation status (Guardian)

4 Arts Council funding shake-up (BBC)

3 Fishing for Poetry: BBC2 programme feat Billy Connolly at Norman MacCaig's favourite fishing spot (BBC)

3 Simon Armitage plans 2012 Olympics poetry event (BBC)

2 Google Translate takes on poetry (Wall St Journal)

2 Janet Jackson tackles poetry in new film (Wall St Journal)

1 Bridport Prize: PS member Esther Morgan wins. Other prizes for PS members Edward Doegar, Sarah Barr, Cheryl Moskowitz, Ian Pindar and Anne Stewart (Bridport)

1 Poetry International Web launched: featuring Mimi Khalvati, Pascale Petit and Luke Kennard

October news

30 Stephen Spender winners: John Richmond
(PS Trustee), & PS members Duncan Forbes & Jane Draycott (Stephen Spender Trust)

29 Fiona Sampson on war poetry (Independent)

28 Brian Turner: words of war (Guardian)

28 PS member John Lindley wins International Religious Poetry Competition. PS members David Head and Helen Evans 2nd & 3rd. Runners-up inc PS members Nabila Jameel, Pat Borthwick and Maitreyabandhu (Manchester Cathedral)

26 Arts bodies face 6.9% cuts (Guardian)

25 Beat poetry was rubbish (Telegraph)

22 Natasha Spender obituary (Guardian)

21 Arvon International Poetry shortlist (Arvon)

21 TS Eliot Prize shortlist (Poetry Book Society)

19 Manchester Poetry Prize shortlist: Judy Brown, Clive McWilliam, Lesley Saunders are Society members.  (MMU homepage)

14 Simon Armitage wins Keats-Shelley Prize. Fellow PS members Gill Learner and Pat Winslow are 2nd & 3rd (Keats-Shelley website)

14 Poets on Television (Guardian)

7 British Poetry Becomes The New Rock 'N Roll (Sky News)

7
Pop stars pick their favourite poets (Guardian)

6 Unknown poem reveals Ted Hughes' torment over death of Sylvia Plath (Guardian)

6 Heaney wins Forward Prize (BBC)

6 Carol Ann Duffy wins CLPE Poetry Award for children's poetry (Bookseller)

5 Science and poetry once closer than they are now (Telegraph)

4 Blitzkrieg on the Arts (Guardian)

4 Sam Willetts, a season in hell (Guardian)

4 Roger McGough Tube strike poems (Guardian)

4 Christopher Reid's 'Song of Lunch' to be shown on BBC, Friday (Guardian)

3 Foyle Young Poets top 15 (IOS)

2 A plea for old poetry (Guardian)

2 I hate poetry (Lucy Mangan, Guardian)

September news

30 Tranströmer favourite for Nobel Literature Prize (Guardian)

29 Poetry Society member Sheila Hillier included on Aldeburgh shortlist (Poetry Trust)

28 Chartered Institute of Builders seeking 'building' poems for National Poetry Day (propertytalk live!)

28 Cameron & Clegg choose favourite poems ahead of  National Poetry Day (Mail)

23 Prize winning poet challenging way international students are taught (Independent)

23 Seamus Heaney: "I live in a panic over the next poem" (BBC)

22 John Milton - purveyor of smut? (Guardian)

22 "Under 1% of poetry books published in the UK are by black or Asian poets." (Guardian)

22 Women dominate Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist (Guardian)

19 Judith Palmer: Famous first words: why we mustn’t overlook juvenile jottings (IOS)

16 Sian Hughes's The Missing wins Seamus Heaney award (Poetry Ireland)

14 Costa Poetry Award judges picked (Bookseller)

13 National Poetry Day - inc Poetry Society's NPD Live (booktrade)

13 Keats-Shelley prize shortlist includes PS members Simon Armitage, Gill Learner, Pat Winslow, Victor Tapner, Pat Borthwick, Maitreyabandhu, Annemarie Austin, Martyn Crucefix, and Judy Brown (booktrade)

12 Why poetry is as essential as air (Independent)

11 Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil (Guardian)

10 Lost Walter Scott poem discovered (Guardian)

9 Trapped Chilean miners elect official poet (Guardian)

8 Society members Lorraine Mariner & Anne Berkeley on Seamus Heaney Poetry Prize shortlist (Queen's University Belfast)

5 Sylvia Plath fans call for fitting memorial (Guardian)

1 George Hitchcock, kayak publisher, dies (KansasCity.com)

1 Colm Tóibín named Griffin Poetry Prize judge (Globe and Mail)

1 Fighting public sector cuts with poetry (Guardian)