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HeadRead festival in Estonia

Jason Goodwin, festival organiser, writes: "Run by Estonian writers, publishers and translators, this festival is a feast, a conversation and a joy..." Philip Gross appeared in three events including Spores and Sparks, reading with Doris Kareva, at the Estonian National Library, Tallinn - followed by discussion with other British writers, Jason Goodwin, Michel Faber, Louisa Young, Nikky Smedley... and a Poetry Mass in Niguliste church museum 

Dark Sky Park – shortlisted for the CLiPPA award

Dark Sky Park: Poems from the Edge of Nature was on the shortlist for the prestigious CLiPPA award for children’s poetry. Go to the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education's POETRYLINE for videos of poems by all five shortlisted poets - Kwame Alexander, Stephen Camden, Eloise Greenfield, Rachel Rooney and myself.

Congratulations to Stephen Camden, announced as winner of CLiPPA 2019 at a ceremony at the National Theatre in Wednesday 3rd July, in front of 900 children from across the UK who took part in the CLiPPA shadowing scheme in their schools in the run up to the award.

Each book was represented by a performance from one of the schools, as well as the writer in person or (in the case of the US poets) on video. My poem Aleppo Cat was performed – no, better than that, embodied – by Imogen and Poppy from Whitehill Junior School, Hitchin, who really got inside the words and became them. What more could any poet ask? My thanks to them, and all the staff and classmates who supported them.


Our Small Universe: the languages of the UK in Modern Poetry in Translation

Here's a timely exploration by this much respected magazine into the many languages of the United Kingdom - from Romani to Welsh; Shetlandic to BSL; Turkish to Ulster Scots – and features Owen Sheers, Zoe Brigley, Liz Berry, MacGillivray, David Morley, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi andMatthew Hollis. Cyril Jones and Philip Gross collaborate using the Welsh ‘englyn’ form, and Sophie Herxheimer writes in her Grandmother’s ‘Inklisch’.