Africa

Somaliland poet jailed for three years in crackdown on writers

Naima Abwaan Qorane sentenced for ‘anti-national activity’ in former British protectorateA poet has been sentenced to three years in prison in Somaliland as part of a wide-ranging crackdown against activists and writers. Naima Abwaan Qorane, 27, was j

Books

Wade in the Water review – lost voices of the American underground

A long overdue collection from US poet laureate Tracy K Smith weaves a spiritual hymn to the nation’s forgotten peopleTracy K Smith is the poet laureate of the United States and a winner of the Pulitzer prize. Wade in the Water is, inexplicably, the fir

Books

Somali-British poet Momtaza Mehri named young people's laureate for London

The 24-year-old poet, with a background in biochemistry, wants young people in the capital ‘to see poetry as part of their every day’The 24-year-old Somali-British poet Momtaza Mehri, who has been chosen as the new young people’s laureate for London

World

Somaliland poet jailed for Somalia reunification poetry

Pressure groups in Somaliland say poet Nacima Qorane's basic human rights have been violated.

Books

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poet's remains rediscovered in a wine cellar

Descendent of the 19th century poet said his surroundings might be considered 'appropriate' but family supports plans for improvement

Theatre

Play about silenced 1920s gay poet rivets Moscow theatre audiences

Play tells story of poet Mikhail Kuzmin who disappeared into official obscurity during Soviet era A play about a largely forgotten gay poet from 1920s Russia has emerged as the dark horse in this year’s Golden Mask awards, the Oscars of the Russian thea

United States

Student from Zambia sues to compete in 'Poetry Out Loud'

A Maine high school student who fled his native country of Zambia last year is suing the National Endowment for the Arts because it will not let him compete in the national "Poetry Out Loud" contest.

Books

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's remains rediscovered in wine cellar

Exact location of the poet’s coffin had been forgotten until recent excavation uncovered the vaultIt probably wouldn’t have surprised his long-suffering friends, but the remains of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge have been rediscovered in a wine cell

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