Dear Poet,

It’s our favourite time of the year! National Poetry Day celebrations take place all over the UK this Thursday, the 2nd October. How will you be celebrating? This year’s theme is ‘Remember’ and if you’re on Twitter look out for #NationalPoetryDay and #thinkofapoem, to take part in the online joviality! You can also find out more about National Poetry Day here.

Plus, fantastic news about Poetry Rivals! Not only have we extended the closing date to the 31st October, we have Vanessa Kisuule and MC Mixy confirmed as judges. They’ll be joining Mark Grist and Fay Roberts at our live slam final next year! Entering Poetry Rivals is easy to do and you can find out more about entering, the prize and the judges at our website

Kate Tempest Storms Next Generation Poets List

The youngest poet on the once-a-decade list is rapper, performance poet and playwright Kate Tempest. Kate was chosen for her epic performance piece Brand New Ancients. Brand New Ancients made Kate the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Ted Hughes Poetry Award in 2013. Well done to Kate and all of the other poets, including Helen Mort and Daljit Nagra.

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Forward Poetry Social Top Five

Throughout the month of August we had amazing poems being added to our poetry social, which made it very hard to pick our Top Five and Poet of the Month.
Congratulations to:
Chet by Goldfinch60
Imprisoned by LaceRibbon
Remember by Jagush
The Keys to your Loneliness by Gizmo
Not Quite Forgotten by treble-t

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Flash Fiction and Great Escape

There’s just about time to squeeze in your entries for The Great Escape and Flash Fiction: Sinner or Saint! Don’t miss out on your chance of being published with other poetry lovers or the chance to win £25 in each competition.

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Book Yourself Notebooks

Tired of loose bits of paper cluttering up your desk? We have the perfect solution! Order a colourful personalised notebook today from only £5.99 and organise your work, poetry and ideas in a neat A5 notebook. With lots of covers to choose from and even the choice to design your own you won’t be disappointed! Follow @bookyourself1 on Twitter for news, offers and giveaways!

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Featured Poetry Book

Inaugural Poetry Rivals Slam Champion Andrew Barber has now completed four novels of his Cybermancer Chronicles, which are available on and the Amazon Kindle store.

It is the year 2051. A group of strangers are brought together to play a new virtual reality videogame, a game so realistic they don't always know they're playing it. The point of the game? To escape, before dehydration kills their real world bodies.

But life is never that simple. The players must face orcs, gangsters, the insidious lure of suburbia, ghosts, zombies, the gods of Voodoo and an earthquake that destroys an entire country. It gets worse. Their world is shaken to its core by hundreds of nuclear explosions, battleships stolen by a madman destroying their American creators. Radiation mutates all animal life: beavers, wolverines, even humans, some of whom change beyond recognition. Gods walk the earth and time travel becomes not a dream but an obligation as they visit the age of Jesus. How else could they fix the spaceship? And always, they walk in the shadow of the Cybermancer...

It's a computer game, it's not a fairy tale.

Novels are available individually or in a columnar A4 four-in-one edition. Andrew's second poetry collection 'Knitting Orang Utans' is also available on the Lulu page.

This book is a fantastic, riveting roller coaster of a ride. It's a must for any fans of Philip K. Dick, who always wanted better prose, for fans of Douglas Adams, who always wanted a bit more grit, or for fans of Tom Robbins, who always loved the philosophical asides but wanted them in smaller doses. But, more important than that, it's simply a brilliant read which holds the attention throughout. Bravo Mr. Barber! - D. Dargie, London

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Featured Event – Next Generation Poets Tour, Glasgow

October 1st at 6pm-8pm, Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN – FREE EVENT

In association with AyeWrite, the first event on the tour featuring performances from Jen Hadfield and Sam Willetts from the Next Generation Poets 2014, as well as special guests Don Paterson and Glaswegian poet, McGuire.

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