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 [...]

Book review: Arthur Symons: The Symbolist Movement in Literature, Archive.org

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 Archive.org made a good case for this. The Symbolist [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links: Beginner’s luck. Disney tells court about importance of public domain

By Joanna Cabot
March 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Why I Came Back to Poetry (Book Riot) I’m not a very good reader of poetry yet. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about the craft of poetry, stanzas, or technique — but that’s what keeps [...]

Morning Links: Will Kindle Unlimited expansion cause more payment drops? We need social media

By Joanna Cabot
February 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

My Working (or Not) Relationship With Poetry (Book Riot) The task that I feel is going to be the biggest stretch for me by far is poetry. Not LGBT, not authors of color, or even books about [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Scottish Poetry Library extends fundraising drive, engages crowdfunding

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

As already noted in Teleread, the Scottish Poetry Library (SPL) has launched a fundraising drive to provide the remaining tranche of funds needed to support renovation and expansion of its [...]

Scottish Poetry Library launches appeal to fund expansion

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Scottish Poetry Library, nerve center of the poetry community in Scotland, has launched an appeal to fund expansion plans for its building, via online donations and other fundraising exercises. [...]

Medieval poem illuminates Magna Carta

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

In an object lesson in how the study of poetry and literature can shed fresh light on not just history, but even politics, researchers at the British Library in London have unearthed fresh [...]

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