Listening to stangers – Eleanor Crawforth interviews the Ted Hughes Award 2012 winner Lavinia Greenlawy; Poetry Hero: Michael Horovitz on Allen Ginsberg; NPC winner Allison McVety on the poetic potential in the language of science and technology; Mixed media: Paul Mills, Julia Bird, Jonathan Davidson and Mario Petrucci on the place of poetry in the theatre, as a film soundtrack and as an art installation.
Plus… The big day out - how competitions help hone poems; Aldeburgh Poetry Festival launched; Members' Poems on this year's National Poetry Day theme of ‘Stars', selected by Katrina Naomi.
Hand in glove: Paul Muldoon, the poem and the song lyric by Christopher James; Joan Michelson wins the Poetry News Members' Poems Prize... Tony Harrison at 75: Ian Duhig pays a warm tribute; Poetry Hero: F.T. Prince by Todd Swift; Preparing for the off – Julia Bird on submitting work for publication; Publisher Profile: Andy Jackson on HappenStance Press.
Plus… Poetry Parnassus – a multi-national celebration of poetry at London's Southbank Centre; Lavinia Greenlaw, Ted Hughes Award winner; Denise Saul, winner of the 2011 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize; Members' Poems on the theme of ‘Leonardo: the Anatomist', selected by Clive Wilmer.
Allison McVety wins the National Poetry Competition... Katy Evans Bush interviews her about parenthetical lives, computer code and poetry; Poetry Hero: Helen Mort on Norman MacCaig; On the block – Andy Croft tackles the Pushkin sonnet and the verse novel; Kona Macphee on mentoring; Publisher Profile: Colette Sensier talks to Tony Frazer of Shearsman; Caroline Cook on the Leicester Stanza Castle and Canal Writing project.
Plus… Going for a song – Paul Muldoon to give the Poetry Society Annual Lecture 2012; . The world's voice: Poetry Parnassus in preview; Weighing our words: the Dorothy Wordsworth Festival of Women's Poetry; Members' Poems on the theme of ‘war', selected by Bernardine Evaristo.
Roger McGough – a President to please... Katy Evans Bush talks to the Poetry Society's new President; Poetry Hero: Katherine Gallagher on Australian poet Gwen Harwood; On the block – James Brookes and Tamar Yoseloff tackle writers' block; Alternative Mysteries: Popescu Prize winner Judith Wilkinson on translating Toon Tellegen; On retreat: Liz Berry, Julia Bird, Meryl Pugh, Dave Bryant describe their experiences; Unplugged forever – Niall O'Sullivan on 15 years of the Poetry Society's open mic night.
Plus… "Like a freedom flag unfurled" – poems round the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree; Julia Webb, Stanza Competition winner; Living handshakes across time: Roy Davies on a lifetime of collecting literary manuscripts. Members' Poems on the theme of ‘games', selected by Lorraine Mariner.