UK’s Anvil and Carcanet Presses to merge

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Two of the UK’s most important independent literary publishers, Anvil Press Poetry and Carcanet Press, have announced a merger that will relocate Anvil’s operations from Greenwich to Carcanet’s Manchester base. This will create “the most diverse world poetry list in the [...]

National Poetry Day gets Britain versing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

National Poetry Day, the UK’s annual celebration of all things poetical, takes place today this year, on Thursday October 8th. And traditional and social media alike, plus websites, libraries, town squares, billboards, and even construction scaffolding, are filling up with commemorations and [...]

World’s oldest literary work gets an addendum

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Epic of Gilgamesh is usually styled the world’s oldest great work of literature. an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia. The epic poem dates from around 2100 BC, and only around two thirds of its known length have survived. Now the History Blog has shared academic findings on the discovery [...]

Hungary’s very wonderful National Book Week

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hungary is a fiercely proud nation with a distinctive literature, thanks to its unique and ferociously difficult language. And the annual spring National Book Week is a correspondingly important event in the calendar. This year’s National Book Week, running June 4th-8th, was the 86th, and [...]

Book review: Arthur Symons: The Symbolist Movement in Literature,

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

  This is another review of a long-extant book (originally published in 1899), but a new digitization of this hard-to-find work over at made a good case for this. The Symbolist Movement in Literature, by the English sometime poet and critic Arthur Symons, has not been made [...]

Men of Harlech rejoice worldwide for first Dylan Day

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Dylan Day, in full the International Dylan Thomas Day, took place for the first time this year on May 14th, “the date Under Milk Wood was first read on stage at 92Y The Poetry Center, New York in 1953,” according to the official Literature Wales website. And for those who want to [...]

BBC Scotland seeks first Poet in Residence

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Given the hostility in some nationalist quarters in Scotland to the BBC and its coverage of the recent independence referendum, it may be a surprising time to see this, but BBC Scotland is inviting applications for “the post of BBC Scotland’s inaugural Poet in Residence: a unique [...]

Has your writing got rhythm? Find out with Typedrummer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

Writers: concerned about the rhythms and cadences in your sentences? Try plugging them into Typedrummer, an unique online wheeze that’s basically a drum machine for text. Each letter is apparently keyed to a particular sound or beat, meaning that you can produce the most mind-destroying [...]

Emeryville finds: house your poets, or lose them

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s a piece of advice for local and national authorities: If you’re going to introduce a high-minded Poet Laureate program, make sure you can actually hold on to your cultural resource and not lose them to your own ruinous real estate trends. Because that’s what has happened in [...]

Poetry on rails with the PoetTrain, kulturBOT

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Canada is in the middle of an epic month for poetry with some of the most magical manifestations of mechanized minstrelry ever made, as the Great Canadian PoetTrain Tour hits the rails to celebrate National Poetry Month, carrying, among its passenger list of a score or so poets, my kulturBOT 3.0, a [...]

Grave of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s muse Fanny Cornforth discovered

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Victorian Pre-Raphaelite poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti is almost as celebrated for his verse as his painting – and renowned too for the succession of lovely models and muses who appear in his art, and who apparently inspired work in both media. One was Fanny Cornforth, the [...]

Burns Night burning a poet into a nation’s memory

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Burns Night, held on January 25th every year to commemorate the memory of Robert Burns, has succeeded in identifying a single poet with a whole nation more than perhaps any other country on earth. How? Well, they began soon after the poet’s death in 1796, informally among hs friends and [...]

The origins of Auld Lang Syne – the world’s most popular poem

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 31, 2014 // 6 Comments

“Auld Lang Syne” is a song you’ll hear the world over, from Tokyo to Tashkent. (And after many years in Asia, I can testify to that.) Chances are that a fair slice of the world’s population, of multiple ethnicities, will be either singing it or hearing it at the stroke of [...]

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