Poetry Review launch – Winter Issue

Poetry Review launch

Join the Poetry Society at this free event to celebrate the winter issue of Poetry Review. We’ve readings from Edward Doegar, Sophie Mayer, Richard Scott and Warsan Shire.

All are published in the issue, guest-edited by Bernardine Evaristo, who says she wanted “to challenge attitudes around poetry, purity and the periphery; to show multitudes; to stimulate debate.”

Where: Keats House, 10 Keats Grove Hampstead, London NW3 2RR (Nearest stations: Belsize Park Station or Hampstead Heath overground)

When: Thursday 24th January 2013, 7–8.30pm

Ten Tour at Southbank

Southbank-Centre-South-Bank-undercroft-skateboard-London

 

Ten Tour @ Southbank

Join me as the Ten tour bus parks itself at the Southbank.

Four poets from the anthology TEN new poets from Spread the Word will be reading from their latest work in this special event to celebrate the TEN anthology. The poets are Mir Mahfuz Ali, Rowyda Amin, Nick Makoha and Shazea Quraishi.  The event is hosted by the anthology’s co-editor Bernardine Evaristo. In association with Spread The Word, Bloodaxe Books and The Books Project.

By the book here: TEN new poets from Spread the Word 

 

Ten in Pride Magazine, October 2010 issue

TEN new poets from Spread the Word Edited by Bernardine Evaristo & Daljit Nagra ISBN 978 1 85224 879 6   price £8.95. The TEN anthology has been selected as ‘Read of the Month’ in the October issue of Pride Magazine. TEN tops the column of recommended books. the anthology is ‘a rollercoaster ride through the written word’.
 
Ten Anthology
 
 
 
 
 
 

TEN has been awarded a Poetry Book Society ‘Special Commendation’.

(Cover by Chris Offili)

‘Ten sparkling new talents who demonstrate the richness, energy and confidence of the poetic voice in our multicultural country. It is a joyful and important moment in publishing.’ Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate.

I am proud to be a part of it.  This New anthology supports Black and minority ethnic poets. I have to thank Bernardine Evaristo MBE who had the foresight to initiate an Arts Council report (Free Verse) into why so few Black and Asian poets were getting published in the UK. Published in 2007, Free verse was a report into diversity in poetry publishing, which revealed that less than one per cent of poetry published by major presses in the UK was by Black and Asian poets. As a result Spread the Word initiated a two-year project called The Complete Works, which offered participants an individually assigned poet-mentor as well as a tailored professional and creative development programme. Ten marks the culmination of the project and is a recipient of a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation for autumn 2010

Freeverse Report

Ten New Poets Spread the Word

Ten Anthology (2010) – ISBN: 978-1-852248-79-6

Edited by Bernardine Evaristo and Daljit Nagra

This groundbreaking anthology of ten new poets truly reflects the multicultural make-up of contemporary Britain. At a time when less than 1% of all poetry books published in the UK are by black or Asian poets, the work of these writers testifies to the quality and versatility of vital writing that should not be overlooked. These new voices draw on cultural influences and multiple heritages that can only enrich and broaden the scope of contemporary British poetry. This anthology is the culmination of a much needed initiative by literature development agency Spread the Word to support talented Black and Asian poets.

The poets’ histories are to be found in Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Ghana, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ireland and England. Their eclectic, wide-ranging poems will take you on a journey into war and exile, myth and magic, homeland and memory, fantasy, family and love. Whether travelling through the streets of London, the killing fields of Bangladesh, the cane fields of the Caribbean, or back in time to the life of a courtesan in 3rd century Pakistan, these poems will open up new landscapes for the reader.

Ten’s new poets are: Mir Mahfuz Ali, Rowyda Amin, Malika Booker, Roger Robinson, Karen McCarthy, Nick Makoha, Denise Saul, Seni Seniviratne, Shazea Quraishi and Janet Kofi Tsekpo.

This thrilling, moving, challenging and inspiring new anthology introduces 10 sparkling new talents who demonstrate the richness, energy and confidence of the poetic voice in our multicultural country. It is a joyful and important moment in publishing.‘ – Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

Bloodaxe Press

Ten New Poets by Bernardine Evaristo – Poetry Book Society

Ten New Poets by Bernardine Evaristo – Poetry Book Society.

“This moving, challenging and inspiring new anthology introduces ten sparkling new talents who demonstrate the richness, energy and confidence of the poetic voice in our multicultural country. It is a joyful and important moment in publishing.”

Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate
Continue reading