Making lists with Jo Bell outside the Forward Prize for Poetry

Originally posted on Proletarian Poetry:

I went to the Forward Poetry Awards last night and introduced myself to Jo Bell, who not only said ‘hi’ and ‘nice to meet you’, but ‘join us, and let’s talk about Proletarian Poetry’.

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Jo Bell

It turns out Jo had already noticed PP and put up a question on her Facebook page asking for suggestions of poets whose poems might be included on this page. Setting aside what appears to be some ‘heated’ discussion about what ‘working class’ is, which I have decided purposely not to define as I am going to let the poems speak to that, many were suggested. Those I haven’t got already include, Sean O’Brien, Kate Fox, Robin Robinson, Benjamin Zephaniah, Neil Rollinson, Nick Laird, Ian Duhig, Patrick Kavanagh, Philip Levine, Fred Voss, Raymond Carver, Tom Leonard, Eddie Gibbons, William Letford . . . “Gary Snyder wrote a lot about physical work, and Scottish…

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Supports Acts info for Verses Tour x

Originally posted on Hollie Poetry:

This month, I’ll be in 7 cities: Leeds, Glasgow, Birmingham, Brighton, London, Bath and Manchester.

I’ve picked my favourite artists in each place to come support and they’ve said yes.I’m stoked.

If you wanna come, are coming or have just seen a show and want to find out more about them, check below…

Leeds // Friday 3rd October // Leeds College of Music

Support Artists:
Leeds Young Authors – Jamal Gerald, Rheima Robinson and Saju Ahmed

Jamal Gerald

I first heard of the Leeds Young Authors when I saw their brilliant film: We Are Poets. You should check it out. Then come and see 3 of their poets live in Leeds.

Who They Are:
Leeds Young Authors (LYA) was founded in 2003 by Khadijah Ibrahiim, performance poet and playwright, as an approach to creative education to promote positive social dialogue through the written and spoken word among young people of…

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