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Shivanee Ramlochan interviews Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

'A sense of the inner wildness, the “untameness” that is always beneath the surface of people and places, is what drives many of the poems. In the process of writing and editing Doe Songs, I tried to access that inner wildness and to learn to see it in everything, to acknowledge that the domestic and the wild, the gentle and the feral are bound together so closely in all living things and places,' says Danielle.

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Read and listen to Shara McCallum's 'No Ruined Stone'

'This poem is part of a manuscript that bears the same title, No Ruined Stone, and is an alternate account of history, based on the life of eighteenth-century Scottish poet Robert Burns. The real Burns very nearly migrated to Jamaica to work as a bookkeeper on a slave plantation.

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Loretta Collins Klobah makes Guardian Poem of the Week

Carol Rumen's Poem of the Week in The Guardian this week is 'Spathes' by Loretta Collins Klobah.

Rumens notes that 'Spathes seems to bind together the various aspects of women’s creativity – sexuality, motherhood and artistic production – alongside the symbolism of political regeneration'.

Read the poem in full at The Guardian.

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Interview with Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné at Plum Season

Check out the interview with Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné at Plum Season.

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Two new interviews with Loretta Collins Klobah

In an interview called ‘Sentient of how we are related’, Vahni Capildeo interviews Loretta Collins Klobah about Ricantations.

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Esther Phillips in ZING: 'I'd love to see poetry explode'

The latest issue of ZING, the LIAT in-flight magazine, runs a wonderful review with Esther Phillips, the Bajan poet laureate. She lists her five favourite poetry collections. You read the whole interview at the ZING website.

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Kei Miller joins judges for 2018 National Poetry Competition

The  2018 National Poetry Competition is now open for entries! This year's illustrious panel of judges are Kei Miller, Kim Moore and Mark Waldron, who will read all poems and in the depths of next Winter determine the next winner, who will receive £5,000 and instant poetry fame.

The deadline is 31 October 2018.

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Poetry inspired by African footballers in Britain

The Poetry Society's anthology Thinking Outside the Penalty Box: Poetry inspired by African footballers in Britain (2018)  can be read online. In the anthology you can read poems from the Young Poets Network challenge winners and commissioned poems by Nick Makoha, Roger Robinson, Sugar J and Kayo Chingonyi.

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Shara McCallum reads Spanish translations of her poems

Last month Shara McCallum was on an internet radio programme called La Maja Desnuda. The show has been on the air for three decades and features recordings of poets reading their poems in Spanish and English. The programme is out of Venezuela, Spain, and Germany. 

Five poems from Madwoman were translated into Spanish for the show and the author recorded them in both languages.

Listen online.

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Jacqueline Crooks at Migrant Voice

Jacqueline Crooks has written about the Windrush generation and moving to the UK from Jamaica in the 1960s. She speaks candidly about the betrayal felt by many of the Windrush generation, but also says:

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