Can we make every day National Poetry Day?

A week on from National Poetry Day, we wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped make the day possible. Whether it was sharing or downloading our special Change anthology or enjoying our series of digital poetry readings.

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Featured Poem: Say not the Struggle nought Availeth by Arthur Hugh Clough

Our Featured Poem this week comes from Arthur Hugh Clough who declares Say not the Struggle nought Availeth.

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Exploring Ozymandias in HMP Whitemoor

In our second Group of the Month, we’re shining the spotlight on HMP Whitemoor, where The Reader’s Brendan Harrington runs a weekly group with inmates and staff.

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Featured Poem: Sweet Content by Thomas Dekker

The title of our Featured Poem this week may not strike you as familiar but it’s likely that you’ve come across it’s lines in some form or another over the years. This week we’re reading Sweet Content by Thomas Dekker.

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Roald Dahl Day: What We’re Reading

It’s going to be a busy Roald Dahl Day for us here at The Reader as we have quite a few exciting special events on the cards but of course we’ll be making time to read some of the great man’s works too!

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Featured Poem: Night Thoughts by Edward Young

Our poetic inspiration for the week comes from the archives of The Reader magazine: an extract from Edward Young’s Night Thoughts as chosen by Brian Nellist for The Old Poem in issue 60.

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Featured Poem: My Bed is a Boat by Robert Louis Stevenson

You can’t attack every Monday with zest and zeal, and this morning’s grey skies have us feeling a little sluggish. So as we ease into this new week we thought a gentle, lullaby-like poem might be in order, and this by Robert Louis Stevenson from The Penguin Book of Victorian Verse is just the ticket.

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