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Breaking News:

A reminder that Live Canon will be performing 'War Poets' on Saturday 25th October at Greenwich Yacht Club at 7pm and we hope you will join us. Tickets can be bought for £5 on the door. If you want to reserve a ticket to let us know you are coming... email The programme is particularly poignant this year, given the centenary of World War One. As well as WW1 poetry, the programme includes poems from WW2 and the Crimea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

The 2014 International Poetry Competition shortlist has now been announced, and can be viewed here. We were overwhelmed by the quality and volume of entries this year, and we are very proud to be publishing this collection of poems.

Thank you to everyone who celebrated Shakespeare's 450th birthday with us at the Wilderness Festival...

We are delighted to announce NJ Hynes as the winner of the Live Canon First Collection Competition. Her extraordinary debut collection, 'The Department of Emotional Projections' is on sale in all good bookshops. Find out more here. Or buy from Amazon here. We are also delighted to announce that we have secured funding to publish the four other shortlisted collections, by Mark Huband, Tim Richardson, Marcus Smith and Andrew George; with five new first collections out this year we hope to show our absolute committment to supporting emerging talent.

Our War Poets show is touring this year, to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of WW1. Join our mailling list for venues and dates... If you are interested in booking a performance for your venue, get in touch...







NJ Hynes' debut collection, winner of the 2014 First Collection Prize, is on sale now in all good bookshops. Or buy from Amazon here.

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We've been fundraising like mad to make sure our programme work for children and young people can happen again this year. It's not too late to make a donation here.

You can also help by buying our 2013 anthology. All funds from copies sold at the moment are going in to the fundraising pot. Buy it on Amazon here.