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IQ: Was there a particular process you undertook in the writing of this book of poems? Seeing as they stretch over time, what initially made you create it? 

SL: I knew from the day I started writing I would write three books of poetry...

January 22, 2020

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Stepping into the Gulbenkian for its monthly poetry night, I was immediately engulfed in what seemed like a warm hug in the midst of a winter spell. Welcomed by a smiling host, I settled among the crowd of people cradling their beer...

December 20, 2019

A Toast to House Parties

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We pull out memories from the cracks in the sofa.

The one where we found each other as the night ran out.

Trying to make conversation over someone’s cheap speakers,

When our ears rang like empty glasses


November 29, 2019

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by Shaghayegh Ghezlayagh

I think of my footsteps.

My mother's back breaking.

My father's heart breaking.

It's all breaking.

I think of this language.

My Farsi is poetry. Soft silk nestled against my tongue. Beauty, beauty, and more beauty, all s...

November 29, 2019

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Harry Baker is a world-renowned mathematician-turned-slam-poet, and more importantly, the poetry slam champion in Kent. His work ranges from heartfelt poetry, to music, to an obscure comedy-jazz performance duo. He was kind enough to take o...

November 23, 2019

Dame Carol Ann Duffy is undoubtedly one of the most important poets of the late 20th/early 21st century and, as 2019 marks her resignation as Poet Laureate and her visit to Canterbury, it is imperative to explore the impact she has had on poetry and literature.


February 6, 2019

Sincerity – Noun. The absence of pretence, deceit, or hypocrisy.

The Guardian hosted Carol Ann Duffy at Islington Assembly Hall to discuss and read from her latest poetry collection Sincerity. This will be her last collection before stepping down as Poet Laureate next M...

December 29, 2018

Hidden in Stour Street lies The Marlowe Kit. On the night of the 21st of November, this small intimate building hosted a poetry slam. As I entered the imposing building, after searching around for quite some time, I realised that the impression the building creates and...

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