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IRON Press Looking for Volunteers

Posted on October 14, 2015 by Rebecca Robinson | 0 comments

The long-estabished but eternally young IRON Press, based in Cullercoats on the North East coast, is looking for volunteers to assist with their forward publishing programme.

IRON Press editor Pete Mortimer said, "Computer and social media knowledge an advantage. Basically the work is what you make of it so who knows where it might lead? Those interested should send whatever they think is relevant."

Please contact ironpress@blueyonder.co.uk if you want to get involved.

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Ben Okri Pens an Ode to Jeremy Corbyn

Posted on October 13, 2015 by Sophie O'Neill | 0 comments

It’s like watching a love affair unravel before our eyes. Jeremy Corbyn calls Ben Okri a genius and inspiration in his conference speech, Ben Okri responds with a poem published in the Guardian titled A New Dream of Politics.

But we live in times that have lost
This tough art of dreaming the best for its people,
Or so we are told by the cynics
And doomsayers who see the end
Of time in blood-red moons.

Always when least expected an unexpected
Figure rises when dreams here have
Become like ashes.

Politics and poetry is nothing new, just look at many of the titles selling on this site. Over the last month alone we have had Michael Rosen mixing the political and the personal, the refugee experience from Amir Darwish, Jess Green’s internet sensation Dear Mr Gove - to name but a few.

To have a party leader quoting modern writers, with artists and poets responding with publicly published poems gives me a little shiver of excitement. Is the rest of the country about to realise what our Inpress publishers and customers already know? Poetry and literature is very relevant to our everyday lives, poetry is a way of expressing opinion in a few words, not an inaccessible, impenetrable art form. Poetry needs to be an everyday part of any readers’ life.

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Burning Eye's Selina Nwulu announced as Young Poet Laureate

Posted on October 12, 2015 by Yen-Yen Lu | 0 comments

Last week was a tremendous week for poetry, with National Poetry Day taking place on Thursday. In the same week, Selina Nwulu, recently published by Burning Eye Books with her collection 'The Secrets I Let Slip', was announced as London's Young Poet Laureate 2015/16 by London’s writer development agency Spread the Word. She was commended on her poems for the 'skill and subtlety that lift them well out of the ordinary' and her 'confidence and conviction' in spoken performances. 

Congratulations and good luck! 

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