Following last month’s controversial GCSE poetry row, Matt Abbott looks at the state of poetry in British schools, and how a well-needed change could be on the horizon. Click here to have a read.
To mark this year’s Yorkshire Day, Matt’s August column for The State of the Arts champions five Yorkshire poets: Toria Garbutt, Kirsty Taylor, Andrew McMillan, Nadine Aisha Jassat and Helen Mort. Click here to read it!
This month, Matt Abbott uses his The State of the Arts column to look at how poetry can help us to understand and navigate privilege, and in particular, white privilege. Have a read of it here.
This month’s column celebrates the BBC’s ‘Make a Difference in poetry’ campaign, which saw 40 poets from around England commissioned to pen something about the lockdown. It also features a quick round-up of other online spoken word poetry activity. Click here to read it!
This month’s ‘LIVEwire’ spoken word poetry column in The State of the Arts sees Matt Abbott shine a spotlight on ten of his favourite female poets, to mark International Women’s Day 2020. Click here to have a read!
This month’s ‘LIVEwire’ column follows on from a discussion in Roaring 20s Radio episode two, and looks at the joy of listening to poetry on vinyl – which as you know features two massive Nymphs & Thugs releases. You can read it here.
On the back of a General Election disaster immediately followed by the festive period, his month’s ‘LIVEwire’ column looks at poetry’s power when it comes to self-care and mental well-being. You can read it here.
This month’s column looks back at Matt Abbott‘s career trajectory over the 2010s; reflecting the huge growth of the UK spoken word scene in general. Click here to read it.
This month’s spoken word poetry column for The State of the Arts looks at the political poets to take us through these dark days, and the importance of political poetry in general.
Matt looks at the work of Jess Green and Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, as well as sharing videos from our very own Kevin P. Gilday and Luke Wright. You can read it here.