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Join acclaimed poet Jo Shapcott in her Welsh retreat as she talks about the pleasures of science and music that inform her work - and the importance of getting up early to write!
Ecstatic, quicksilver poems, ablaze with originality, curiosity and a passion for words. Ruth Padel
I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken. Patience Agbabi
Strands of autobiography, a deeply sensuous ecology of place, historical narratives; the inner world of imagination and the often difficult realities of the postcolonial nation are interwoven in McWatt's bold but carefully worked out architecture. Peepal Tree
B. 1922 D. 2008
Gissa smile Sun, giss yr best / good mawnin' one, fresh 'n cool like - 'Sun O (2)', Hone Tuwhare
Not only rich music, an easy lyricism, but also grit, and earthy honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and clean. - Gwendolyn Brooks
Poetry matters because it is a tool for helping us to discover who we are. As individuals, as Caribbean peoples, as citizens of the world. Olive Senior
B. 1870 D. 1953
When I am dead, I hope it may be said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.' - Hilaire Belloc
B. 1894 D. 1962
America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still. - E. E. Cummings