January was pretty terrible and there are a huge number of events that we could focus on but instead, we want to pick some of the good parts of last month and share them in today’s blog:

Salena Godden – Skin: Black and White

There is still a chance to listen to Salena Godden‘s essay ‘Skin: Black and White’ on BBC Radio 3 – This essay explores Salena’s relationship with her own skin and Salena’s essay is linked closely with Shade, the essay featured in the award winning collection (The) Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla. Well worth a listen while it’s still up! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08c334t

Lunar Poetry Podcast – January

January’s edition of the Lunar Poetry Podcast features Nymphs & Thugs founder Matt Abbott and Grapevine Zine creator Catherine Madden – lots of politics, DIY ethics and poetry – just what we love!

Immigration Ban Poems

We were lucky enough to stumble upon this on our twitter feed. Poet Kaveh Akbar started  tweeting  poetry written by poets from Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, and Syria – countries that have been directly affected by Trump’s immigration ban. Poems include ‘Rain Song’ by Khaled Mattawa and the haunting ‘Amber Doll’ by Ladan Osman. Read more about it here.

Poetry Prizes 2017

Out-Spoken Prize is now accepting submissions for 2017 for poetry, performance and film. £50 prize for each category. http://www.outspokenldn.com/tnc2017/

Bristol Poetry Prize is now open until 31st March and will be judged by Liz Berry. http://www.poetrycan.co.uk/comp-news/bpp16-form.html

You can find out more about when and where prizes and awards will be open by visiting The Poetry Business: http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/about/awards