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livecanon are an ensemble performing poetry (from memory) at theatres, festivals and events throughout the UK... recording poetry for radio and CDs... creating poetry installations and digital projects... publishing poetry... and working with young people to create, explore and enjoy poems... Read more

Breaking News:

We are delighted to be launching Marcus Smith's debut collection 'Sez (Everything speaks)' on Tuesday. Marcus' collection was shortlisted for our first collection prize and was initially drafted on his phone: 'SEZ/everything speaks is a series of immediate responses to what happens on the street, in offices, parties, riding a bus, the train, the tube, passing a storefront, overhearing a conversation, sending and receiving a text. SEZ was initially drafted on my iPhone and sent as texts to my wife. Sometimes she prompted them (whether she intended to or not). I began this manuscript in this way for immediacy, for catching life before it runs away to the next block, for recording responses before they disappear into another lost moment.' You can pre-order the book here.

Booking is open for Glyn Maxwell's evening class and correspondence course this Spring. The last few places remain so get in touch with classroom @ as soon as possible if you are interested. More information here.

We are delighted to announce that the 2014 International Poetry Prize was won by Inua Ellams for his poem 'Shame is the Cape I Wear', with Paul Carney winning the Borough Prize. Congratulations to all 25 of the shortlisted poets and thank you to everyone who attended the prize giving performance. You can read Inua and Paul's poems, and all the work shortlisted in our 2014 Anthology, available from Amazon here.

Tomorrow, the Live Canon ensemble will be in the recording studio, recording poems by those currently on the correspondence course. Look out for photos on twitter and FB.



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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