Poetry responding to Climate Change: Simon Armitage

I enjoyed hearing Poet Laureate Simon Armitage's poem 'Ark' on BBC Radio 4 this week.  The poem was written to commemorate the launch of the UK's new polar research ship, the 'Sir David Attenborough'. Here is a clip of Simon Armitage reading the poem: https://twitter.com/BBCr4today/status/1177172927478976513   and here is a link to the poem on… Continue reading Poetry responding to Climate Change: Simon Armitage

Poetry responding to climate change

Like many people I've been thinking more and more about climate change, inspired by the activism of Greta Thunberg and others.  Recent poetry events like the 2018 Ginkgo Prize readings at Poetry in Aldeburgh (by the way, the 2019 Ginkgo Prize - "the world's biggest ecopoetry prize" - has just launched) and the Autumn 2018… Continue reading Poetry responding to climate change

Home thoughts about Winchester Poetry Festival

Leafing through the jottings in my Winchester Poetry Festival notebook, I see that I wrote down some of the comments Sinéad Morrissey made, before she read amazing poems, all new work, from her next collection (out in 2017).  "We're in a toxic revolution," the poet said, referring to the Northern Ireland Department of Arts and Culture being replaced by… Continue reading Home thoughts about Winchester Poetry Festival

Workshop Three at Trowbridge Museum: Simon Armitage and other poets

For my final March workshop at Trowbridge Museum, on UNESCO World Poetry Day, March 21, 2012, we started by reading Paul Farley's poem 'I Ran All the Way Home' (after Joe Brainard) and used the repeated phrase "I remember" as a warm-up exercise to write memories, as detailed or as fleeting as the group wished.… Continue reading Workshop Three at Trowbridge Museum: Simon Armitage and other poets