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Kevin Childs Requeering poetry for Pride

Over centuries, LGBT+ history in the arts has been hidden. Kevin Childs looks at the stories erased by language, historians, book burnings or, worse, by silence

Janet Paisley: Poet and true defender of the Scots language

When the breakdown of her marriage made her a single mother, she turned to creative writing as a flexible means of supporting her family

Ntozake Shange: Writer who broke race and gender barricades in the US

In nearly 50 plays, novels, children’s books, and poetry and essay collections, she established herself as one of the most distinctive voices in American letters

World Poetry Day: 28 of poetry's most powerful lines ever written

Featuring selected works from the likes of T.S. Eliot, Neruda, Margaret Atwood, Walt Whitman, and Wilfred Owen

Claribel Alegria: Poet born into turmoil of Central American politics

Before she was a year old her family had to flee Nicaragua for El Salvador having fallen foul of the Americans stationed there – politics became the very lifeblood of her poetry and prose 

Collected Poems, by Carol Ann Duffy - book review

The first woman in the post’s history, Carol Ann Duffy's collection of poems are chronological, commencing with her debut Standing Female Nude from the mid-Eighties

'Angry' play about controversial TTIP trade deal opens in Bradford

The Deal Versus the People 'examines how we are affected by neo-liberal trade deals in a poetic way'