Tag : poetry

When Slam Poetry Turns to Slamming Poetry

7 months ago / 0 comments

When the worlds of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture collide, clashes will always be inevitable. Presidents on Twitter, political campaigns fuelled by popular music, and even memes used as classroom props have all been topics of debate in recent years, but now it is time for the attack on so-called ‘social ... Read More

Are We Having a Period Revolution?

10 months ago / 0 comments

You may remember a certain photograph of Rupi Kaur’s that was taken down initially by Instagram under terms of ‘violating community standards’. The photo was of Kaur herself, lying on a bed with a few, small splodges of blood on her clothes and bed sheets. She was fully clothed, posted … Read More

Rupi Kaur and Connecting with Contemporary Poetry

11 months ago / 0 comments

Rupi Kaur’s Instagram famous poetry has created much debate on the limitations and boundaries of the form. Aneeka Hussain delves into her personal connection with Kaur’s poetry and what it means for poetry readers in the contemporary age.  I must finally admit it. I’m one of the thousands of girls … Read More

Simon Armitage Joins School of English

12 months ago / 0 comments

Simon Armitage, one of the UK’s leading contemporary poets, has just joined the staffing team at the University of Leeds, School of English. Some of his multi-award winning poetry collections include Out of the Blue and Paper Aeroplanes. Armitage has also been a big contributer to contemporary translation, some notable … Read More

Review: Headingley Lit Fest – I Am Alive (I Guess)

2 years ago / 0 comments

This year’s Headingley Lit Fest focuses on the topic ‘ The Edge’. Literary figures have been challenged with the task of expressing how ‘The Edge’ plays a significant role in their work and the ways in which they express this. On Wednesday 8th March, I attended the fascinating event, I … Read More

Poetry – Outdated or in Disguise?

2 years ago / 0 comments

Do you hate it, love it or just don’t care about it? The stereotype of a poet is a middle aged man with a coffee stained shirt, who is sat in an empty office, reading a prehistoric book written in text so small it’s a task just to decipher it. … Read More

The poet Christian Bök: genius or fraud?

2 years ago / 0 comments

Experimental poet Christian Bök is renowned for his outlandish and complex poetic process. His theory appears to be that by putting enough constraints upon himself when writing, he will be able to access new levels of meaning, push the boundaries of language itself, and reconcile the seldom-reconcilable fields of art … Read More

A workshop with poet Hollie McNish

3 years ago / 0 comments

In continuing the trend of diversity on display at the World Unite Festival, the Union last week proudly welcomed the multi-talented spoken word poet Hollie McNish to its doors as part of its Speak Up programme. Speak Up works as a range of events for spoken word, poetry and knowledge … Read More

Blake Remixed: Poetry with a Hip-hop twist

3 years ago / 0 comments

As an outlet for emerging and new work, the Furnace Festival programme at West Yorkshire Playhouse provides artists access to develop new ideas and performance work. Blake Remixed is a show that certainly adheres to the Furnace mantra, and the show itself contained many interesting elements that fused the world … Read More

Travel | Chile and Pablo Neruda – A poet in a world of his own

4 years ago / 0 comments

As South America’s spindliest country, Chile is side-saddled between a gloriously blue Pacific Ocean, and the neighboring Latino countries of Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. However, aside from being the thinnest and longest country near the end of the world, Chile is not especially evocative for an international audience. Perhaps being renowned … Read More