Dear Poet,

With Father's Day, Bring Your Dog to Work Day and Don't Step on A Bee Day next month, why not join in? Take part in our Perfect Pets and Inspirational Idol competitions?

Now, you don't only win a cash prize, but also a FREE copy of the special edition publication as well!

Animal Antics Winner 2015

Last year we received hundreds of brilliant animal-themed poems from tiny household pets to huge wild animals. It was a very hard decision, but our editors did finally decide that our winner is Serena-Leslie Young from London.

Serena-Leslie has won a £25 and 100 personalised picture postcards!

Read Serena's Poem ‘The Jack'

Recommended Read: Cherry Pie by Hollie McNish

Cherry Pie by Hollie Poetry

‘Cherry Pie' is the new collection from Arts Foundation Award winner, Hollie Poetry, inspired by her grandparents' advice on newspapers, war, sex and tinned cherries. The poems collected in ‘Cherry Pie' hold personal meaning for Hollie and are also those that have been most requested by audiences in theatres, pubs, festival tents, schools and youth clubs up and down the UK. The book is illustrated by some of Hollie's favourite artists and illustrators.

RRP: £9.99
Publisher: Burning Eye Books
ISBN: 978-1909136557

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The Man Booker Prize

‘The Vegetarian' wins The Man Booker International Prize 2016

On the 16th May, The International Man Booker Prize was awarded to ‘The Vegetarian' by Han Kang. The novel was translated by Deborah Smith and is published by Portobello Books. Celebrating the finest global fiction in translation, The Man Booker International Prize awards both author and translator £25,000 along with a newly designed trophy. They have also received a further £1,000 each for being shortlisted.

To find out more about this book and author, Han Kang, visit

Only You Can Save Poetry by Mark Grist And Tim Clare

When: 31st May - 2nd June 2016
Where: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £12.50

Only You Can Save Poetry

Modern poetry is amazing, right?

Angry strangers shouting your own opinions back at you for money! Literature graduates competing to find the most complicated way of saying ‘I feel sad'! Mark Grist and Tim Clare have been part of this strangely unappreciated scene for years, and believe it's now time for something different.

Using ground-breaking techniques of data collection and live feedback from the audience, they're going to perform a series of experiments to determine: What is the most erotic line of verse possible? What would the perfect poem contain? And, most importantly, who is best – Mark or Tim?

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Spiderwize – Bring Your Book To Life…


If you have written a book and have always dreamt of having it published, why not consider self-publishing? Spiderwize makes the process simple, straightforward and successful!

It all starts with a FREE Spiderwize manuscript evaluation, so why not get in touch with Hayley and discuss your options today?

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Forward Poetry Social – Top Five

Throughout the month of April, we had an array of fantastic poems being added to FP Social, which made it very hard to pick our Top Five and Poet of the Month…

Forward Poetry

Congratulations to:

LadyLily with The Blue Tit
Puds with Tangerine
Kyranadu with Believed to Be's
Briz with Painful Experience
johnsbucket with Anxiety

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Tell Us About Your Literary Event!

We include a poetry or creative writing event each issue, as well as feature a poetry book. If you'd like your event or book to be featured, please email and include details of your event or book. It's a great way to share news and raise poets' profiles with a friendly audience. Feel free to pass this information on to a friend or relative who may find this of interest!