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"I think we need to keep our old poetry institutions as well as investing in new ones. It’s not…"

“I think we need to keep our old poetry institutions as well as investing in new ones. It’s not either or for me. It’s the new, the young, the new performance poets but it’s also the PBS.”

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Carol Ann Duffy protests over Poetry Book Society cuts - Channel 4 News

Amen to that. Having just watched the video attached to the article, I’m reminded that as much as I love Hip-Hop and spoken word, I take issue with the stance that Hip-Hop is the new face of poetry, or that if it isn’t spoken word, it’s no longer relevant. What’s wrong with a broad appreciation for a range of poetics? 

I think there are perhaps two extreme poles in many people’s minds when they think of poetry. Either a) the poetry we’re taught at school (largely comprised of the dead and the gone) b) new-school stage-bound poetics. There’s a space in between - contemporary writing - that’s undervalued. That’s a space that organisations like the PBS are well placed for celebrating.   

Really curious to see how the PBS is going to move forward now… 

Jun 13

New event! London Teenage Poetry SLAM Chicago Exchange Fundraiser, Monday June 20th – http://bit.ly/lFNwQs

New event! London Teenage Poetry SLAM Chicago Exchange Fundraiser, Monday June 20th - http://bit.ly/lFNwQs
Jun 13

"Art flies around truth, but with the definite intention of not getting burnt. Its capacity lies in…"

“Art flies around truth, but with the definite intention of not getting burnt. Its capacity lies in finding in the dark void a place where the beam of light can be intensely caught, without this having been perceptible before.”

- Franz Kafka
Jun 13

Poet? Up for a challenge? Willing to use science (the biology of memory) as inspiration? Prize up for grabs: http://bit.ly/mc2T1Q

Poet? Up for a challenge? Willing to use science (the biology of memory) as inspiration? Prize up for grabs: http://bit.ly/mc2T1Q
Jun 11

Wait! Before you hit the button to send that email, read this primer on good practise: http://bit.ly/kxAwty

Wait! Before you hit the button to send that email, read this primer on good practise: http://bit.ly/kxAwty
Jun 10

New event – Niall O’Sullivan and Jacob Sam-La Rose at ‘Falling Up: The Gravity of Art’, The Courtald Gallery – http://bit.ly/jGadjy

New event - Niall O'Sullivan and Jacob Sam-La Rose at 'Falling Up: The Gravity of Art', The Courtald Gallery - http://bit.ly/jGadjy
Jun 10

"We know better. We’re capable of better. So why exactly do we make so many short-sighted destructive choices?" http://j.mp/k4R45H

"We know better. We're capable of better. So why exactly do we make so many short-sighted destructive choices?" http://j.mp/k4R45H
Jun 10

Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to dream out loud. You don’t know who might be listening…

Sometimes it doesn't hurt to dream out loud. You don't know who might be listening...
Jun 9

Lunchtime reality check: One in 8 Million. Can anyone recommend any similar UK projects to match? http://nyti.ms/jT1ScA

Lunchtime reality check: One in 8 Million. Can anyone recommend any similar UK projects to match? http://nyti.ms/jT1ScA
Jun 9

3 new cafés/venues added to my "offices away from home" map. As always feel free to offer suggestions… http://bit.ly/ixVjGW

3 new cafés/venues added to my "offices away from home" map. As always feel free to offer suggestions... http://bit.ly/ixVjGW
Jun 9

Ha. Meant to post this yesterday. But it works today just as…



Ha. Meant to post this yesterday. But it works today just as well… 

Jun 9

Wow. Still warm and fuzzy from yesterday’s bumper crop of birthday greetings. Gotta love that social in "social media". Thanks, everyone!

Wow. Still warm and fuzzy from yesterday's bumper crop of birthday greetings. Gotta love that social in "social media". Thanks, everyone!
Jun 9

Recommendations for a venue for brunch, anyone?

Recommendations for a venue for brunch, anyone?
Jun 8

Be warned. I just received a violin for a birthday present. Cover your ears.

Be warned. I just received a violin for a birthday present. Cover your ears.
Jun 8

Hm. Versions should be interesting for writers who save multiple drafts of the same doc (and don’t use @scrivenerapp) http://bit.ly/m1NEUN

Hm. Versions should be interesting for writers who save multiple drafts of the same doc (and don't use @scrivenerapp) http://bit.ly/m1NEUN
Jun 7

For me, Monday is catch-up day. Clear the inbox, review projects, clear down the to-dos and administrative bits. What’s it like for you?

For me, Monday is catch-up day. Clear the inbox, review projects, clear down the to-dos and administrative bits. What's it like for you?
Jun 6

Actually, that’s a bit of a lie. I used to plan immaculately. Past few years, I just haven’t put in the effort…

Actually, that's a bit of a lie. I used to plan immaculately. Past few years, I just haven't put in the effort...
Jun 6

Every year, the day before my birthday: "What, again? So soon? Doh…"

Every year, the day before my birthday: "What, again? So soon? Doh..."
Jun 6

Every year, the day after my birthday: "I’m going to plan something really special next year. Yeah!" (cont)

Every year, the day after my birthday: "I'm going to plan something really special next year. Yeah!" (cont)
Jun 6

Have all of you writers and photographers seen O2 Stories? http://bit.ly/j8rKoX

Have all of you writers and photographers seen O2 Stories? http://bit.ly/j8rKoX
Jun 6