Monthly Archives: February 2016

Poetry competition now closed

The Society’s annual Open Poetry Competition has now closed. We had more than 1700 entries this year. A big ‘thank you’ to all who entered. The results will be announced in April.

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Luke Kennard

On 16th. February we are very lucky to be able to welcome Luke Kennard to the Camden Centre, for what should prove to be an exciting evening of contemporary poetry.  So come along and join us at 8.00 pm.

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Luke Kennard  is a British poet and critic, born in 1981.

He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2005 for his first collection The Solex Brothers.  His second collection, The Harbour Beyond The Movie, was shortlisted for the 2007 Forward Prize for Best Collection, making him the youngest ever poet to be nominated. In 2014 he was named as one of the Poetry Book Society‘s Next Generation Poets.  His collections include:
The Solex Brothers (2005); The Harbour Beyond The Movie (2007); The Migraine Hotel (2009) ;Planet Shaped Horse (2011); The Necropolis Boat (2012); Holophin (2012); A Lost Expression (2012).

He holds a PhD from the University of Exeter and currently lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham, specialising in teaching poetry and writing for the stage and screen. Kennard has written numerous works for the stage. He also writes short stories.  His mixture of free verse and prose poems are linked by surreal themes and strong yet mysterious characters.  His criticism of poetry and theatre appears in various publications, including The National, Poetry London and the Times Literary Supplement.

Luke has been appointed the 2016 Canal Laureate.  The Canal Laureateship was established by The Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust in 2013, to encourage exciting new writing about the canal network. He will begin his Laureateship by foot, writing about his canal-side journeys as he goes, in a series of new poems.    The poems, and other surreal observations from the narrow road, will be published from January 2016 on the project blog: You can also follow his adventures via Twitter @CanalPoetry.


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