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Kate Clanchy Introduces Poems from the New Anthology, England: Poems from a School

An unmissable and original new anthology, England: Poems from a School brings together the work of young poets from Oxford Spires Academy, a small comprehensive school with 30 languages, brought together by writer-in-residence Kate Clanchy. Praised by Philip Pullman as 'not just good for school children, but great by any standard', these poems give an extraordinary insight into migrant experiences and reflect on the power of giving young people a platform for their voices to be heard and understood. 

Here, exclusively for Waterstones, Kate Clanchy presents three poems from the collection. 

Larchfield's Polly Clark on W.H. Auden in Helensburgh

Author Polly Clark, author of our Scottish Book of the Month for March, Larchfield, uncovers how she found solace and inspiration in the little-known story of W.H. Auden's time in Helensburgh.

Helen Dunmore: A Personal Tribute by Neil Astley

In an exclusive article for Waterstones, Neil Astley, the founder and editor of Bloodaxe Books, looks back on his long-term friendship and collaboration with the author and poet Helen Dunmore. From bringing her first book of poetry to print in 1983, to the publication of her Costa Book of the Year-winning final, collection, Inside the Wave, Astley considers the work and legacy of an extraordinary talent.

An Exclusive New Poem by Rupi Kaur

We present an exclusive new poem by celebrated poet Rupi Kaur, author of the bestselling collection Milk and Honey. Representing the voice of a new generation, Kaur’s poems have become a word-of-mouth sensation and this new poem ushers in her long-awaited new collection, The Sun and Her Flowers, published on 3 October 2017.

Intimate Voices: The Relationships of Verse

Intimate Voices: The Relationships of Verse

Posted on 14th Feb, 2017 by Sally Campbell & David Lovely

Verse has long served as the natural framework to address our impossibly complex relationship with both the world and our intimacy with each other. Within four very different works, Waterstones Manchester Deansgate’s David Lovely explores four very different methods of approach. 

Extract: A poem from Jacob Polley's T.S. Eliot Prize-winning collection Jackself

Jacob Polley’s dark, visceral collection of poetry Jackself was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize on Monday. Semi-autobiographical, the collection tells the story of a young boy, Jack, coming of age in a thorny and surreal Cumbrian landscape reminiscent of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast. Judges of the award described the collection as ‘a firework of a book’, and referencing the Carlisle-born poet’s two previous nominations for the award said, ‘[his] mastery of phrase and rhythm and the control of line, combined with the hurts of childhood and his glee in inventive language, have taken his writing to a new level.” Polley was joined on the shortlist by British poets Alice Oswald, Ian Duhig,and Rachel Boast.

The Sunday Times/ PFD Young Writer of the Year Award Shortlisters share their Essential Reads

The Sunday Times/ Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award is synonymous with fresh, bold, startlingly unique approaches to fiction, non-fiction and poetry. In the second of our articles probing the enviable minds of its shortlisters, Andrew McMillan, Benjamin Wood, Max Porter and Jessie Greengrass share just what books they have lying on their bedside table.

The Sunday Times/ PFD Young Writer of the Year Award Shortlisters Share their Writing Tips

Every year, The Sunday Times/ Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Prize shortlist showcases the most inventive, unusual and down-right brilliant young writers. Andrew Holgate, one of this year's judges, said: "This is a sensationally strong list of books and writers, all of whom have a real future in literature, and any of whom as winner would stand comparison with the prize’s extraordinary list of past recipients."  Showing us just how it’s done, shortlisters  Andrew McMillan, Benjamin Wood, Max Porter and Jessie Greengrass provide their hints on how to be a better writer.

Once a Bookseller, Always a Bookseller

Our Fiction Book of the Month for September is Max Porter's wildy inventive, melancholic yet comic debut Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Porter is currently a senior editor with Granta and Portobello Books but began his career as a bookseller and here explains the uncanny feeling he had seeing his own book for sale on the shelves

Remembering Clive James: 'Have You Got a Biro I Can Borrow?'

Remembering Clive James: 'Have You Got a Biro I Can Borrow?'

Posted on 28th Nov, 2019 by Mark Skinner

Author, critic, commentator, poet, lyricist, television personality, raconteur: the ridiculously multi-talented Clive James was all these things and more. His death on Sunday 24 November 2019 left behind a world all the poorer for the loss of his erudition, wisdom, razor-sharp wit and lyrical dexterity. An Australian at the heart of British cultural life for nearly fifty years, we mark his sad passing with one of his finest poems - originally shared in 2016 - 'Have You Got a Biro I Can Borrow?,' which is included in James's Collected Poems 1958-2015.

Jenni Fagan: Writing In Different Forms

Jenni Fagan: Writing In Different Forms

Posted on 6th Apr, 2016 by Jenni Fagan

Jenni Fagan has won accolades as an author, screenwriter, playwright and poet. Here she talks about all these interconnected disciplines.

From Faber & Faber's archive: Seamus Heaney's acceptance letter from 1965

In an exclusive piece for the Waterstones blog, Hannah Marshall, Faber Members Manager, elucidates the relationship between Faber and Heaney and shares the original letter, sent in 1965, in acceptance of his first volume of poetry, Death of a Naturalist.