1. James Berry: Poet of the Windrush Generation


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    James Berry (1924-2017) was born in Jamaica, where he grew up in a tiny seaside village. He learnt to read before he was four years old, mostly from the Bible, which he often read aloud to his mother’s…

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    • In Person: World Poets for International Women's Day


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      This video was posted for International Women’s Day 2017. It features seven women poets from In Person: World Poets (filmed & edited by Pamela Robertson-Pearce & Neil Astley), the sequel…

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      • Thomas Lux (1946-2017)


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        Thomas Lux was one of America’s liveliest and most wildly imaginative poets. Sadly, he died from lung cancer in February 2017, aged 70. Neil Astley filmed him reading his poems and talking about…

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        • Jennifer Maiden


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          Jennifer Maiden's poetry charts territory both personal and political, private and global. Just as ‘One needs the private voice / to balance a public terror,’ so the public focus…

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          • Roy Fisher: The Long and the Short of It


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            Playing the language, pleasuring the imagination and teasing the senses, Roy Fisher’s witty, inventive and anarchic poetry has given lasting delight to his many dedicated readers for over half…

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            • In Person: World Poets – sampler one


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              In 2008, Bloodaxe published the world's first DVD-anthology, In Person: 30 Poets, a new concept in publishing: readings by 30 poets published by Bloodaxe in its first 30 years captured on film,…

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              • Frieda Hughes reads from Alternative Values at Ledbury


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                Frieda Hughes reads and introduces a selection of poems – with their paintings – from her book Alternative Values: poems & paintings (Bloodaxe Books, 2015): ‘Wedding Poem for…

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                • Launching Hwaet! 20 Years of Ledbury Poetry Festival


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                  Ledbury Poetry Festival’s birthday anthology Hwaet! was launched with a gala performance on the opening night of the 2016 festival with readings by 21 of the 200 poets included in the book,…

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                  • Mark Waldron: Live at Newcastle Poetry Festival


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                    Mark Waldron speaks three poems from his new Bloodaxe collection, Meanwhile, Trees: ‘All My Poems Are Advertisements for Me’, ’The Dead Are Helpless’ and ‘Yes, I admit…

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                    • Pascale Petit: My Wolverine


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                      Pascale Petit reads her poem ‘My Wolverine’ from her forthcoming Bloodaxe collection Mama Amazonica, due out in September 2017. Her poems about the mother in this, her seventh collection,…

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